Pheasant Tailed Jacana

Walter Colvin

Showlow, United States

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3d art render of a Pheasant tailed Jacana on lily pads.

Made with Bryce 7.0 and Ken Gilliland’s SongBird Remix, Jacanas
http://www.empken.com/SongbirdReMix. postwork in photoshop.

The Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus) is a jacana in the monotypic genus Hydrophasianus. Jacanas are a group of waders in the family Jacanidae that are identifiable by their huge feet and claws which enable them to walk on floating vegetation in shallow lakes, their preferred habitat. The Pheasant-tailed Jacana is capable of swimming, although it usually walks on the vegetation. The females are more colourful than the males and are polyandrous.

The Pheasant-tailed Jacana breeds in India, southeast Asia, and Indonesia. It is sedentary in much of its range, but northern breeders from south China and the Himalayas migrate into peninsular India and southeast Asia. It is also resident in Taiwan, where it is considered endangered.

These jacanas breed on floating vegetation from March to July. In southern India, it breeds in the monsoon season, June-September. They are polyandrous and a female may lay up to 10 clutches. Four black-marked brown eggs are laid in the floating nests.

The Pheasant-tailed Jacana’s main sources of food are insects and other invertebrates picked from the floating vegetation or the water’s surface.

Their call is a mewing me-onp and a nasal teeun.

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