Glossy, black plumage; some white feathers on throat, neck, and nape; yellow throat patch. Breeding adults have a white thigh patch. Juveniles have browner upperparts and a white belly.
Perches near water, often with outstretched wings. Dives to catch fish.
Migrates south through Jordan in winter and north in spring. Occurs in small numbers in Aqaba and more rarely in Azraq.