Today’s new species is a type of wading bird found in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The African Jacana is easily recognized by its unique chestnut plumage, its blue beak and facial shield, and by those toes. Look at those crazy long toes! African... Read more »
About the African Jacana
Also known as: African Lily-trotter, Greater African Jacana, Jacana
African Jacanas feed on insects, worms, spiders, and mollusks. They are found in wetlands like swamps and river backwaters. They use their long toes to distribute their weight which allows them to walk on floating vegetation as they search for food.
African Jacanas have interesting breeding behavior. Rather than forming monogamous couples, females will mate with multiple males during the breeding season. Males care for the nest and raise the chicks on their own.
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