Oriental Darter(Anhinga melanogaster)
Male anhinga preening in a gum tree.
Seen in Parque Jipiro, Loja, Ecuador.
There were three or four great cormorants in the middle of the pond, all spreading their wings and trying to look as big as possible.
The order Suliformes (dubbed "Phalacrocoraciformes" by Christidis & Boles 2008) is a proposed order by the International Ornithologist's Union. In regards to the recent evidence that the traditional Pelecaniformes is polyphyletic, it has been suggested that the group be split up to reflect the true evolutionary relationships.