Madagascar Jacana

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Common Name: Madagascar Jacana
Scientific Name: Actophilornis albinucha

Size: 11 – 12¼ inches (28-31cm)

Habitat: Africa; It is endemic to Madagascar. The migratory movements and breeding habits of this species are little known although it appears to make minor local movements in response to water conditions and may breed throughout the year. The species shows a preference for floating vegetation on shallow lake margins, in freshwater marshes, on ponds and on slow-flowing rivers

Status: Least Concern. Global population: 1,000 to 10,000. The species is threatened by habitat degradation (the population on Lake Aloatra has declined as a result of siltation, agricultural development, drainage, over-fishing and illegal hunting)

Diet: Adult and larval insects and other invertebrates, as well as the seeds of aquatic plants. The species is usually found alone or in pairs, rarely in groups.

Nesting: Females are larger than males and can be up to twice the size. The nest is a floating heap of aquatic vegetation. Males incubate the eggs.

Cool Facts: The Madagascar jacana has the same colors as the African jacana, but with the neck and head colors exactly reversed.


Found in Songbird ReMix Jacanas

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