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(Anhinga anhinga)

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Large, black waterbird with long,sharply pointed bill; silvery-white streaks on wings; black (males) or buffy-brown (females) neck and head; to 90cm (3 ft); wingspan to 1.1m (3.8ft). (Pato Aguja).


Found in and around lakes, rivers, lagoons, and marshes in Caribbean and Pacific lowland areas; often seen swimming with only head and neck above water, or perched with wings spread to dry.

Found in the following Parks:

Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
Palo Verde National Park.
Tortuguero National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), Costa Rica