Jacanidae – Jacanas

Wattled Jacana (Jacana jacana) by Ian's Birdway

Wattled Jacana (Jacana jacana) by Ian’s Birdway

Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. (Psalms 102:25 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – CHARADRIIFORMES, Family – Jacanidae – Jacanas

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Species (8)

Lesser Jacana (Microparra capensis)
African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus)
Madagascan Jacana (Actophilornis albinucha)
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea)
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus)
Bronze-winged Jacana (Metopidius indicus)
Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa)
Wattled Jacana (Jacana jacana)


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The jaçanas (sometimes referred to as Jesus birds or lily trotters) are a group of tropical waders in the family Jacanidae. They are found worldwide within the tropical zone. See Etymology below for pronunciation.

Eight species of jaçana are known from six genera. The fossil record of this family is restricted to a recent fossil of the Wattled Jaçana from Brazil and a fossil of an extinct species, Jacana farrandi, from Florida. A fossil from the Czech Republic was assigned to this family, but more recent analysis disputes the placement and moves the species to the Coraciidae.

They are identifiable by their huge feet and claws which enable them to walk on floating vegetation in the shallow lakes that are their preferred habitat. They have sharp bills and rounded wings, and many species also have wattles on their foreheads. (Wikipedia with editing)


African Jacana by Keith Blomerley walking on Lily Pads

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