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Jacana: African

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Mar 30, 2005 7:29 am

One of my favourite birds

Males do most of the nest building. After the female has laid a clutch of four eggs, the male takes over the parenting responsibilities. He incubates the eggs and protects them from danger. Jacana nests are built on mostly submerged plants. If the nest starts to sink, or the eggs are otherwise endangered, the male may pick them up and carry them under his wings to a new site.

In some jacana spieces the female will kill the chicks of another male to get the chance to mate with it. She will find more males to breed with. She does not participate in raising chicks. If, however, the eggs or chicks are lost, she will return to breed and produce a replacement clutch with the first male. Only one species, the lesser Jacana Microparra capensis, is known to be monogamous.
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Unread postby hornbill » Wed Mar 30, 2005 8:34 am

Also, the male is brightly coloured and the female is quite drab looking.

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Unread postby Meg » Wed Mar 30, 2005 1:38 pm

We saw one of these at Croc Bridge in December. Beautiful birds, I'm just sorry it was midday - with that plumage I would have loved to have taken some early morning shots reflecting in the water.
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Unread postby Freda » Wed Mar 30, 2005 5:38 pm

I love their huge feet, I think they are described as polyandrous. :roll:

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Unread postby francoisd » Tue Mar 14, 2006 4:28 pm

African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus)

The Bird that walks on water

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Alternate common name(s) as used in other areas:
Greater African Jacana, Lily-trotter

Other names:
Afrikaans: Grootlangtoon
French: Jacana à poitrine dorée
German: Blaustirn-Blatthühnchen
Dutch: Afrikaanse jacana, Lelieloper

Jacanas are colorful birds with long legs and incredibly long toes and claws. The super-long toes spread the bird’s weight over a large area. This allows them to walk across floating vegetation, especially lily pads – hence the popular name of 'Lily-Trotter'. Jacanas often appear to be walking on the water itself!

Description:
The female African Jacana is slightly larger than the male although the color of the feathers are very much the same between males and females. Their dramatic markings include dark, chestnut brown feathers at their wings, and yellow-orange breast feathers. The front of the neck is white and the back of the neck and head is glossy black. The bill is bluish-gray, the eyes are dark brown, and the legs and toes are long in relation to the bird’s body size.

Breeding:

African Jacanas have a very interesting breeding behaviour.

Eggs:
Jacana eggs are true works of art. They are a deep tan color, with very dark markings that look like dribbled lines of paint, crisscrossing the entire egg in an abstract design that is different on each egg. The eggs are very glossy and shiny and look as though they have been highly polished. This “wet” appearance is nature’s camouflage, helping the eggs resemble the glossy surface of surrounding vegetation. The usual clutch consists of 4 eggs and the incubation period lasts on average, for 24 days, but it is quite variable, depending on weather conditions, and it can extend either way by two days.

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Male jacanas do most of the nest building. After the female has laid a clutch of four eggs, the male takes over the parenting responsibilities. He incubates the eggs and protects them from danger. Jacana nests are built on mostly submerged plants. If the nest starts to sink, or the eggs are otherwise endangered, the male may pick them up and carry them under his wings to a new site. Meanwhile, the female has left the male to find more males to breed with. She does not participate in raising chicks. If, however, the eggs or chicks are lost, she will return to breed and produce a replacement clutch with the first male. Only one species, the Lesser Jacana Microparra capensis, is known to be monogamous.

Food:
These birds eat insects, aquatic larvae, small crabs, snails, and seeds.

Some additional information can be found at these pages:
San Diego Zoo, has some additional info as well as a photo of a chick
South African Tours’ Jacana page has lost of additional and interesting information on these birds
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Unread postby cybeR@NGER » Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:20 pm

Another Lily-Trotter walking on lily pads - Lake Panic

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Unread postby Elsa » Sun Mar 19, 2006 6:49 pm

This is one of the 4 chicks seen at L Panic recently.

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Unread postby Katja » Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:47 am

At the Biyamiti weir in June 2005

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:26 pm

We always see these birds at Lake Panic, and they get so close! It's a great photographic opportunity. We also see them at Sweni hide.
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Unread postby BT » Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:47 pm

Sunset dam must be a 'banker' for watching and photograping the African Jacana. Photo captured the 4th of Sep 2007.

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Re: African Jacana

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Sep 18, 2008 4:13 pm

Heres Mine :)

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:08 pm

Adult and chick seen at Lake Panic.

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sat May 02, 2009 12:40 am

Taken today:

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