Anhinga Male and Female Comparison

Here is a beautiful male Anhinga preening, and beginning to sport some flashy breeding plumage on its head.  Soon he’ll have a bright blue ring surrounding his eye for the ladies!


Male Anhinga


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“Someone watching me?”


The female Anhinga looks quite different with her tan head & neck, a black belly, and darker brown feathers on its back.

Immatures of both sexes look like the female so many times can be confusing on which they are.  So I’m not going to guess on this next photo.


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Anhinga (female or immature male, female)


Either or, a stunning bird with beautiful feather patterns!



51 thoughts on “Anhinga Male and Female Comparison

  1. Great photos Donna, and a wonderful description of the differences between the male and female. I’m going to have to go back to my Florida Anhinga photos and take a look at which ones were male and female. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I really like your blog. A pleasure to come stroll on your pages. A great discovery and a very interesting blog. I will come back to visit you. Do not hesitate to visit my universe. See you soon 🙂

  3. Beautiful. It’s amazing when you get such a great look at the subtleties of the feather patterns. Gotta say, I like these birds far better than the cormorants we see around here.

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