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  • Australasian Darter

  • Anhinga novaehollandiae
  • The Darter is a large, slim water bird with a long snake-like neck, sharp pointed bill, and long, rounded tail. Male birds are dark brownish black with glossy black upperwings, streaked and spotted white, silver-grey and brown. The strongly kinked neck has a white or pale brown stripe from the bill to where the neck kinks and the breast is chestnut brown. Females and immatures are grey-brown above, pale grey to white below, with a white neck stripe that is less distinct in young birds. The Darter is often seen swimming with only the snake-like neck visible above the water, or drying its wings while perched on a tree or stump over water. It has a cross-shaped silhouette when flying.

  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=656
  • Song link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/sounds.php?c=656&p=254
  • « Back to Catalog
  • Australasian Darter

  • The Darter is a large, slim water bird with a long snake-like neck, sharp pointed bill, and long, rounded tail. Male birds are dark brownish black with glossy black upperwings, streaked and spotted white, silver-grey and brown. The strongly kinked neck has a white or pale brown stripe from the bill to where the neck kinks and the breast is chestnut brown. Females and immatures are grey-brown above, pale grey to white below, with a white neck stripe that is less distinct in young birds. The Darter is often seen swimming with only the snake-like neck visible above the water, or drying its wings while perched on a tree or stump over water. It has a cross-shaped silhouette when flying.

  • Formerly or also known as
  • Scientific name
  • Anhinga novaehollandiae
  • Anhinga melanogaster
  • Former scientific name
    RAOU number
  • 101
  • Size
  • 86-94cm
  • Period in district
  • Song group
  • Song link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/sounds.php?c=656&p=254
  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=656
  • Description link
  • http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/australasian-darter