The African Darter (Anhinga rufa), sometimes called the Snakebird, is a water bird of tropical sub-Saharan Africa.
This species builds a stick nest in a tree and lays 3-6 eggs. It often nests with herons, egrets and cormorants.
It is an 80 cm long cormorant-like fish-eating species with a very long neck which occurs in both saline and fresh water, especially near mangroves. It often swims with only the neck above water.
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 recognisably by its thin white lateral neck stripe against a rufous background colour.