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Books about Darters or Anhingas

This page lists books that are totally or partially about Darters. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Family: Anhingidae
Genus: Anhinga

Anhinga (American Darter)
Anhinga anhinga

Oriental (Indian) Darter
Anhinga melanogaster

African Darter
Anhinga rufa

Australasian Darter
Anhinga novaehollandiae


Pelicans, Cormorants, and their Relatives: Pelecanidae, Sulidae, Phalacrocoracidae, Anhingidae, Fregatidae, Phaethontidae

J. Bryan Nelson

Colour plates: Andrew Mackay

Black-and-white drawings: John Busby

Oxford University Press


680 pages, 12 colour plates, 159 halftones, 62 maps

"This volume comprises 5 general chapters on the biology, feeding ecology, breeding behaviour, evolutionary relationships, and conservation of the birds in the families covered; 12 specially commissioned colour plates showing adults of all species and many juveniles, immatures and subspecies; 159 black-and-white drawings illustrating special features and behaviour; descriptions of each individual species."

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Cormorants, Darters, and Pelicans of the World

Paul A. Johnsgard

Smithsonian Institute


"The first comprehensive study of the world's 32 species of cormorants and shags, two species of darters, and seven species of pelicans. The first section of the book analyses comparative biology and second gives detailed accounts of individual species. Includes colour illustrations and anatomical drawings."

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Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 1: Ostrich to Ducks

Edited by Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott and Jordi Sargatal

Lynx Edicions


640 pages, 67 colour plates, 200 colour photos, 550 distribution maps.

This volume covers: ostrich, rheas, cassowaries, emu, kiwis, tinamous, penguins, divers, grebes, albatrosses, petrels & shearwaters, storm- and diving-petrels, tropicbirds, pelicans, gannets & boobies, cormorants, darters, frigatebirds, herons, hamerkop, storks, shoebill, ibises and spoonbills, flamingos, screamers, ducks, geese and swans.

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Adaptations For Locomotion And Feeding In The Anhinga And The Double-Crested Cormorant

Oscar T. Owre

Ornithological Monographs 6

American Ornithologists' Union


A 138 page study.


  • Introduction
  • Aerodynamics And The Wing
  • The Tail
  • The Leg
  • The Head
  • Conclusions: The Anhinga And The Phalacrocoracidae
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On the Species of the Genus Plotus and their Distribution

H.B. Tristram

Colour plates (Donacicola hunsteini): J.G. Keulemans

Ibis: Volume 28, Issue 1, pages 41-43


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"There are few groups in ornithology more distinct than the subfamily Plotinae - so sharply marked that not an aberrant Cormorant on the one side, or Tropic-bird on the other, has ever been suspected of balancing itself on the boundary-fence. Yet even this self-contained group has not escaped the fate of all others, of being subdivided into baseless species."
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Last updated December 2013