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Darter,Snake bird,Devil bird

Length:33 inches,wingspan-46 inches,seen singly or in groups

Scientific Name : Anhinga melanogaster 
Phylum : Chordata 
Class : Aves 
Order : Pelecaniformes 
Family : Anhingidae 
Genus : Anhinga 
Species : melanogaster 
Vernacular Name :  
Life Span :  
Weight : 1.35 kg  
Reproduction : Egglying.Nest- Untidy sticky platform in a tree standing in or near water.Eggs-3 to4 narrow &long,pale greenish blue with a white chalky colour 
Fascinating Facts : It possess narrow head and throat,but can swallow fishes of amazingly large size.It dives underwater and chase the fishes. Its plumage is not waterproof .So it is seen to stake the wings &tails spread out to dry.Its callnotes are metallic disyllabic croaks ‘chi-gi,chi-gi’. 
Habits : Wetland 
Food Habits : Feeds on fishes 
Conservation Status : LRLC 
Status based on Wildlife Protection ACT 1972 : Schedule IV 

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