Frost Anhinga

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Frost Anhinga
File:Male Frost Anhinga in flight.png
Nominate subspecies
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Aequornithes
Order: Suliformes
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Genus: {{{1}}}
Species: A. frostensis
Binomial name
Anhinga frostensis
Travis, 2301
Subspecies
A. f. frostensis
A. f. travisii

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The Frost Anhinga, Anhinga frostensis, is a species of darter found in Frost region of Devonshire; Potsdam and Shire. It a cormorant-like bird which places it in the superfamily Phalacrocoracoidea. It is similar to other anhingas in the family Anhingidae.

It is a common species and is under no threat; however, the past draining of its habitat may change its status to near threatened.

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Other common names Travis's Anhinga, Europa Anhinga, Frost Darter, Water Turkey, Snakebird
French Anhinga de Frost
German Frost Schlangenhalsvögel
Spanish Pato aguja frostica[verification needed]

Description[edit]

The Frost anhinga is a large bird, 33-35" (85-89 cm) long, with its bill being comprised of about 10" (26 cm) long. Its wingspan is 40" (1.01 m). The male is a black and grey bird with a white belly and striking white crest feathers. The crest becomes more prominent in the breeding season. The female is mostly a grey bird with no crest feathers. In both sexes, the bill and feet are yellow and the eyes are orange. In juveniles, their feet are mostly dull yellow and their eyes are brown.

The travisii subspecies is slighter smaller than the nominate subspecies.

Similar species[edit]

It should not be confused with cormorants, which have hooked bills. The range does not overlap with the rarer anhinga and Devonshire anhinga, which can both be found in Glennshire.

Behaviour[edit]

Since it lacks oil that keeps their wings dry, they must stretch their wings out to dry. Often soars. Can swim underwater occasionally, but usually swims with its head above water.

Diet[edit]

It is shown to feed on fish, frogs, tadpoles and other vertebrates. Sometimes insects are taken. It is a clever bird and is shown to put small, weak and dying fish in its bill to attract larger fish [2].

Calls[edit]

Said to make soft grunts and clicks, as the tongue hits the top of the mouth.

Reproduction[edit]

The males' plumes becoming longer and more prominent. The males' may also flush with blood, becoming a pinkish-yellow. He will bow, bring the female sticks or fish. If she accepts, he will mate with her. Pairs are monogamous but sometimes polygamous.

The incubation period is 34-40 days. The chicks fledge in about ten weeks.

Distribution[edit]

It is found in the Frost region, but it is a vagrant to other regions. It is also found in Shire and Potsdam. It is found in lakes, rivers and large streams. Sometimes near the ocean, when food is scare.

It does not migrate or is not known to.

Other names[edit]

See table.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Future IUCN
  2. ^ TRAVIS, GEORGE (2303). Bait usages in the Frost Anhinga (Aves: Anhingidae: Anhinga frostensis). Retrieved Jan-24-2011.



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