African Darter
African Darters
Scientific Name 
Anhinga melanogaster rufa
Arabic Name 
Kuwaiti name 
125.0 cm
95.0 cm
Least Concern

In Kuwait


Extremely rare vagrant. Often swims with only the thin neck showing and after swimming will perch with wings outstretched, similar to a Cormorant
Where in Kuwait 
Only 1 record for Kuwait with the first confirmed record of two at Jahra East Outfall in late September 2009.
In the world 
This species has a large range across Africa. It breeds in Iraq’s Southern Marshes and may have been more common in the past in the Mesopotamian Delta. This species is mainly sedentary but is subject to little known opportunistic local movements related to drought and wetland conditions. This species shows a preference for still, shallow, inland freshwater and alkaline lakes and typically avoiding marine habitats and it usually breeds in mixed-species colonies.
Local threats 
Destruction of habitats and environmental pollution