Wattled Jacana With Baby (Jacana jacana)


June 21, 2012

Wattled Jacana

Nancy took this image while on a trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago.

This is a medium-sized (7 to 9 inches long) bird. Both sexes look similar, but females are larger than males. These birds can be found walking on floating vegetation in shallow lakes in western Panama and Trinidad through most of South America east of the Andes.

These birds eat insects, other invertebrates, and seeds plucked from the floating vegetation. Jacanas are part of the 1% of bird species that are polyandrous, meaning that females mate with several males. Four black-marked brown eggs are in a floating nest. Males incubate the eggs.

There are six sub-species of Wattled Jacana. This one is most likely J. j. jacana, as are those in southern Columbia and Venezuela.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 400mm. Camera was on f/8 for 1/500 sec at ISO 200.

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