It was an anhinga, one of the most singular specimens of web-footed birds that can be found anywhere.
Ripley reports the occurrence of "about a dozen anhingas (presumably anhinga melanogaster)" at Babelthuap on 12 November 1946.
He says he found a peculiar parasite in the brain of the anhinga.
The latter, I must confess, did not seem to us so nice as the dark-colored meat of the anhinga.
The flesh of the anhinga is not valuable, as it is hard and tough.
A bird found in Florida, the anhinga, has in its brain a nematode whose presence in that organ is not accidental.
American fishing bird (also called the snake-bird), 1769, from a Tupi word which sometimes is said to mean "snake-bird."