Lesser Jacana

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Common Name: Lesser Jacana
Scientific Name: Microparra capensis

Size: 6 – 6 ½ inches (15-16.5 cm)

Habitat: Africa; This species shows a preference for shallow water around the edges of permanent and seasonally flooded wetlands, with areas of sparse, aquatic grasses and stands of floating vegetation such as water-lilies. It inhabits lake and dam backwaters, river flood-plains (e.g. Okavango Delta), swampy river edges, pans, coastal lagoons (Natal, South Africa), grassy swamps and sometimes small ponds, although it generally avoids shorelines with firm substrates.

Status: Least Concern. Global population: 25,000 to 100,000. The species is locally threatened by wetland degradation and loss through flooding (as a result of hydroelectric projects), drainage and overgrazing.

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

Nesting: The species breeds in territorial solitary pairs, the timing of breeding varying geographically in response to wet seasons and the availability of suitable habitat.

Cool Facts: Outside of the breeding season the species can be observed singly or in loose groups of up to 20 individuals.

Found in Songbird ReMix Jacanas

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