African Darter

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Identification:

An 80 cm tall cormorant-like species with a very long neck. It has a thin white lateral neck stripe against a rufous background colour. The male is mainly glossy black with white streaking, but females and immature birds are browner, the white stripe is fainter or completely absent.

Habitat:

It occurs in both saline and fresh water, especially near mangroves.

Behaviour:

Often swims with only the neck above water.

Diet:

They spear their prey (mainly fish but also other aquatic animals e.g. snakes, frogs, crustaceans etc.) underwater as they swim along.

Breeding:

This species builds a stick nest in a tree and lays 3-6 eggs. It often nests with herons, egrets and cormorants.

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