The Oriental Darters (Anhinga melanogaster) – also sometimes referred to as Indian Darters or Snakebirds, are water birds found in tropical South Asia and Southeast Asia.
This is a long-necked, cormorant-like species that mostly feeds on fish.
Frequently, it is observed swimming with only the neck being visible above the water, making it appear like a water snake from a distance, hence its common name.
The Oriental Darters can be differentiated from the American darters by the white lateral neck stripe.
The Indian Darters build stick nests placed in trees.
The average clutch consists of 3 – 6 eggs.
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