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Photo © by Graham Osborne
Aripo Agricultural Research Station, Trinidad
Jacana jacana


17-23cm, females are larger than the males

  • Chestnut back and wing coverts
  • Rest of the body mainly black
  • Greeny-yellow flight feathers
  • Yellow bill
  • Red frontal shield
  • Reddish wattle
  • Dull blue grey legs
  • Very long toes
  • Long sharp spur on the bend of the wing.

Young birds have entirely white underparts.


Photo © by Jacamar
Palmyra, East Canje, Berbice, Guyana, June 2005

Central and South America
Central America: found in Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Netherlands Antilles
South America: occurs in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina



There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • J. j. hypomelaena :
  • J. j. melanopygia:
  • J. j. jacana:
  • J. j. intermedia:
  • North and central Venezuela
  • J. j. scapularis:
  • J. j. peruviana:
  • North-eastern Peru (lower Río Ucayalí) and adjacent north-western Brazil


Photo © by Rogerio Araújo Dias
Brasilia, Brazil

Floating vegetation in marshes and lagoons. Vegetated canals and wet pastures



The clutch consists of 4 brown eggs with black marks which are laid in a floating nest. The eggs are incubated by the male holding them between the breast and wing.


They use their long toes to walk across the floating vegetation, picking up seeds, insects and other invertebrates.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Wikipedia

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