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African Darter

The African Darter (Anhinga rufa), sometimes called the snakebird, is a water bird of tropical sub-Saharan Africa. It is a cormorant-like fish-eating species that occurs in both saline and fresh water. It is a member of the darter family of birds, Anhingidae.

It is 31.5 inches long. The male is mainly glossy black with white streaking, but females and immature birds are browner. The African Darter differs in appearance from the American Darter most recognizably by its thin white lateral neck stripe against a rufous background colour.

This species builds a stick nest in a tree and lays 3-6 eggs. It often nests with herons, egrets and cormorants. It often swims with only the neck above water.

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African Darter