This bird is called and Anhinga, and has a lot of nicknames like, the snake bird because of its long neck, darter, or the water turkey. They say that it soars like a raptor, and it is most likely known for its long neck and beak. It mostly lives in southern America, and live near fresh water areas. Anhinga are in the darter family, Anhingidae, and like any other bird in that family, they hunt the same way. These birds hunt by lakes and spear fish with their sharp beaks. Female anhinga typically lay from two to six pale bluish-green eggs. The parents share incubation of the eggs for 25 to 30 days. Their colors are very awkward but great for when swimming. The males, who usually go hunting have black, or grey feathers on their backs, and as you go up you see more green, in which can make it look like a snake. Anhinga have tricked multiple people and have been amazing to watch with a bird watching crew.
The name anhinga comes from the Brazilian Tupi language and means devil bird or snake bird. It also got its name by how it hunts for food, or just swims. How they swim is by going fully submerged underwater, and the dark body disappears under it, to where it makes it look like a snake. It also got the nick name of snake bird from how their neck and spine are shaped. Unlike most birds the anhinga has a neck that is very flexible and large, round eyes like a snake.
There are many anhinga, and scientists don’t think they would go extinct by now, but where are all these anhinga? Most of them live in South America, and in summer go to southern U.S. to breed. Some of them aren’t even close to the U.S. Some of them live in Africa, Asia, and Australia. None of them live in Europe because first off they don’t have a great environment to suit their needs, and secondly, the Europeans would probably shoot them on sight. These birds live around the world, and you didn't really know, they don't live in cold climates because after they go fishing they have to dry thier wings, when they do this they have to have a warm enviornment to be in.
There are birds out there like the anhinga. One example is the Cormorant, which is one of the most similar birds to the anhinga. The only things these two birds don’t have in common is size and beak size. The beaks are different because of the size and the shape. The shape of an anhinga beak is sharp and long. The Cormorant beak is different because it is wider and larger. Also, the anhinga neck is thinner and longer than the Cormorant. Some similarities they have are that they both dive down under water to catch prey, and they both have very long necks. The Cormorant is the closest bird to the Anhinga, and there are barely any birds like these ones.