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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Jacanas

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Jacanidae

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The family of Jacanas occurs from Africa through South Asia to Australia and in Central and South America. They become 15 cm to 50 cm long. Legs, toes and claws are long, the tail is usually short. Noteworthy is a thorn on the leading edge of the wing. Their habitat are the banks of lakes and swamps. They are very adept at walking over floating vegetation such as Water lily leaves. They eat small aquatic animals, but also seeds from aquatic plants. In most species, the males take care of the offspring.


     capensis - Lesser Jacana (3)


     africanus - African Jacana (6)
     albinucha - Madagascar Jacana (2)


     gallinacea - Comb-crested Jacana (4)


     chirurgus - Pheasant-tailed Jacana (4)


     indicus - Bronze-winged Jacana (3)


     spinosa - Northern Jacana (6)
     jacana - Wattled Jacana (10)

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