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Oriental Darter

Oriental Darter
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-14 1:14
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Oriental Darter
(Anhinga melanogaster) 黑腹蛇鹈
Size: 80 cm

A tall cormorant-like species with a very long neck. Has a white lateral neck stripe. The male is mainly glossy black with white streaking, but females and immature birds are browner.


Clean fresh water in lakes and big rivers. Often swims with only the neck above water. They spear their prey (mainly fish but also other aquatic animals e.g. snakes, frogs, crustaceans etc.) underwater as they swim along. This species builds a stick nest in a tree and lays 3-6 eggs. It often nests with herons, egrets and cormorants.

From Iraq east to Pakistan, India and to south-eastern Asia, Malay Archipelago and Philippine Islands.

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