African Darter

Anhinga rufa

African Darter, Anhinga rufa, photo © by Michael Plagens.

Lake Baringo, Rift Valley, Kenya. 18 October 2016.

Another commonly used name for this bird is the Snakebird, that due to the long, slender neck and the way the bird maneuvers under water as it pursues fish. When it emerges from the water the feathers must be dried before flight. Thus the birds also sit with the wings outstretched in the sunshine and breeze.

Anhingidae -- Anhinga Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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