Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) - HBW 1, p. 361
French: Anhinga roux
Spanish: Anhinga Común
Other common names: Oriental/Indian Darter (melanogaster); African Darter (rufa); Australian Darter (novaehollandiae); Snakebird
Taxonomy: Anhinga melanogaster Pennant, 1769, Ceylon and Java.
Sometimes included in A. anhinga. Often split into three species, A. melanogaster, A. rufa (incorporating race vulsini) and A. novaehollandiae; A. rufa is most distinctive of three. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- melanogaster Pennant, 1769 - India to Philippines and Sulawesi.
- rufa (Daudin, 1802) - Africa S of Sahara, Middle East.
- vulsini Bangs, 1918 - Madagascar.
- novaehollandiae (Gould, 1847) - New Guinea and Australia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 86 videos
A bird on the ground, panting and looking around. Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur District, Rajasthan, India (ssp melanogaster)
Josep del Hoyo 2 July 2014 42 weeks ago 27 sec 4.8
Female and immature perched together. Locality Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Stephen Wallace 9 December 2011 3 years ago 1 min 4.7
An adult male next to the nest and a view of its four chicks Locality Molonglo River, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia (ssp novaehollandiae)
Geoffrey Dabb 28 February 2005 8 years ago 28 sec 4.7
A bird perched in a tree, stretching the neck and yawning to swallow the last prey. Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur District, Rajasthan, India (ssp melanogaster)
Josep del Hoyo 2 July 2014 42 weeks ago 24 sec 4.7
A male sitting on a nest Locality Vintage Lakes, Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia (ssp novaehollandiae)
Nick Talbot 20 April 2006 8 years ago 12 sec 4.7
Birds at breeding colony Locality Akagera National Park, East Province, Rwanda (ssp rufa)
Pascal Vagner 4 March 2013 2 years ago 35 sec 4.6
PhotosSee all 220 photos
Australasian Darter. Juvenile waiting in branches for parents to deliver food. Throat pouch.
Locality Riverside Gardens Reserve, Mandurah, Western Australia, Australia (ssp Anhinga novaehollandiae)
Wendy Kenworthy 7 September 2014 10 weeks ago 5
bird with wings spread in afternoon sunlight
Locality Wynnum, Queensland, Australia (ssp novaehollandiae)
David Taylor 1 February 2013 2 years ago 4.7
A perched bird
Locality Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia (ssp rufa)
Paul van Giersbergen 26 April 2014 16 weeks ago 4.7
A bird perched near water
Locality Ankarafantsika National Park, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar (ssp vulsini)
Frederic Pelsy 2 October 2012 1 year ago 4.7
A flying bird
Locality Okavango Delta, North-West District, Botswana (ssp rufa)
Krzysztof Blachowiak 1 March 2014 1 year ago 4.7
Perched on a branch overlooking the river
Locality Murray Bridge, South Australia, Australia
Peter Strauss 1 December 2012 2 years ago 4.6
Calls recorded during breeding period Locality Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 August 2003 5 years ago 4.7
Calls of 2 individuals Locality Kumarakom, Kerala, India
Stuart Fisher 10 February 2006 6 years ago 4
A bird calling from oyster leases. Locality Terranora Broadwater, Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Nick Talbot 29 June 2014 1 year ago 0
A bird calling from a wetland. Locality Vintage Lakes, Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Nick Talbot 23 August 2012 3 years ago 0
A bird perched on an oyster lease and calling. Locality Terranora Broadwater, Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Nick Talbot 20 August 2012 3 years ago 0