Pheasanttailed Jacana

I his bird lives on lakes and swamps, its chief adaptations being long legs, toes, and claws. These enable it to spread its weight, so that it can walk on the floating leaves of waterplants. It feeds on invertebrates, frogs, and fish. A female may mate with up to ten males, each of these incubating a clutch and raising his own brood.

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Family jacanidae

Species Jacana spinosa

soft, fleshy wattle long toes and daws

Long legs, toes, and claws enable this bird to walk on floating waterplants. It can swim, but does so reluctantly, and will occasionally fly, usually slowly with dangling legs. In more sustained flight, the legs are extended backward, with the long toes projecting. Both sexes display to one another by raising their wings to reveal vivid yellow patches underneath. They also hold the wings tip after landing. The female-is bigger than the male and, when breeding, holds a large territory that encompasses up to four male territories. Kach male has his own nest, in which he incubates a JUVENILE

clutch of her eggs and rears and feeds the young.

• NliST A loose layer of dried water-, weeds, on floating leaves.

• DISTRIBUTION Central America and the larger islands of distribution the Caribbean.

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