Bronze-winged Jacana

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Common Name: Bronze-winged Jacana
Scientific Name: Metopidius indicus

Size: 11 - 12 inches (27-30cm)

Habitat: Asia; breeds in India and Southeast Asia. It is sedentary apart from seasonal dispersion. Floating vegetation in the shallow lakes that are their preferred habitat.

Status: Least Concern. Global population: 50,000 to 100,000. The species is locally threatened by wetland degradation and loss through flooding, drainage and overgrazing.

Diet: Insects, other invertebrates and seeds picked from the floating vegetation or the water’s surface.

Nesting: Females are larger than males but look alike. Young birds have brown upperparts. Their underparts are white, with a buff foreneck. Females lays four black-marked brown eggs in a floating nest and males incubate the eggs.

Cool Facts: The call is a wheezy piping ‘seek-seek-seek’ given mostly in alarm. When forced they sometimes choose to hide by submerging themselves. The male may carry chicks between the wings and body.


Found in Songbird ReMix Jacanas

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