Black back, hind neck, and crown
White forehead cheeks and underparts
Yellow-tipped orange beak. The lower mandible is longer than the upper one
White short forked tail
Very long wings
Bright red legs
Wide rivers with unvegetated sandbanks, lakeshores, and coastal lagoons.
Intra African migrant.
The diet is mainly small fish.
Monogamous and colonial. The nest is a deep scrape on a sandbar.