Oriental Darter

The Oriental Darter or Indian Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) – sometimes called Snakebird – is a water bird found in tropical southern Asia and Indonesia. It is a cormorant-like species that has a very long neck. It often swims with only the neck above water. It is a fish-eater.

The Indian Darter differs in appearance from the African and American darters, most recognizably by its white lateral neck stripe. It builds a nest of sticks in a tree and lays 3-6 eggs.

The Oriental Darter is a member of the darter family, Anhingidae, and is closely related to American (Anhinga anhinga), African (Anhinga rufa), and Australian (Anhinga novaehollandiae) Darters. They are protected in Australia under the National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1974.