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(ănhĭng`gə), common name for a very slender, black water bird very closely related to the cormorant. It frequents the wooded borders of freshwater lakes, rivers, and swamps in tropical and warm temperate regions—in America, from the SE United States to Cuba and Argentina; in Africa, S of the Sahara desert; in Asia, in the southern regions; and also in Australia and New Guinea. Darters (Anhinga anhinga) eat fish, crustaceans, reptiles, and insects, attacking their prey with rapierlike thrusts of their sharp beaks, whence the name darter. Another common name, snake-bird, describes the darter's habit of swimming with its body submerged and only the snakelike head and long, curved neck exposed. In the S United States darters are called water turkeys, for no apparent reason. They nest in small colonies with ibises and herons, building bulky nests lined with leaves. The helpless young are fed by regurgitation. Darters are strong fliers and migrate annually. They are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Pelecaniformes, family Anhingidae.

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North American fish: see perchperch,
common name for some members of the family Percidae, symmetrical freshwater fishes of N Europe, Asia, and North America. The perches belong to the large order Perciformes (spiny-finned fishes) and are related to the sunfishes and the sea basses.
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From an Anhinga ("a bird that can swim underwater") to a Bronze Frog (whose males "make a sound like a banjo string.
Gaspar, The Holyoke (Boston: Northeastern UP, 1988); Mass for the Grace of a Happy Death (Tallahasee, FL: Anhinga P, 1995); A Field Guide to the Heavens (Madison, WI: The U of Wisconsin P, 1999); Leaving Pico (Hanover and London: UP of New England, 1999) and Night of a Thousand Blossoms (Farmington, Maine: Alice James Books, 2004).
For females, sites fell into three groups: sites with large females (Shark Valley South, Anhinga Trail), medium females (Paurotis Pond, Trail Lakes), and small females (Alley Auto, Fakahatchee Strand) (Fig.
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Meredith Walters was warded the Anhinga Prize for Poetry in 2006.
1-3 9:30-10:15 Everglades Visitor Center: Everglades early history 10:30-12:00 Anhinga Trail and Gumbo Limbo Trail (Wet Season): Introduction to wildlife 1:30-3:00 Pa-hay-okee Overlook: class discussion / survey assignment Sept.
The Royal Palm Visitor Center's Anhinga Trail, which provides pavement and wooden boardwalk, is a fabulous half-mile self-guiding trail winding through a sawgrass marsh.
Places of interest there include the Royal Palm Visitor Center, which includes the Gumbo Limbo Trail and the Anhinga Trail; Long Pine Key; Pa-hay-okee Overlook; Mahogany Hammock; Nine Mile Pond; and West Lake.
Robert Dana is the author of Hello Stranger (Anhinga Press, 1999).
Lastly, some birds, the ardeids, prefer to harpoon their prey with their long pointed bills; they include the herons (Ardea) and especially the anhinga (Anhinga), tropical and subtropical birds that are found in freshwater and resemble cormorants.