Wattled Jacana

Jacana jacana

The Wattled Jacana, "Jacana jacana", is a wader which is a resident breeder from western Panama and Trinidad south through most of South America east of the Andes.
Wattled Jacana  Hato Pinero,Jacana jacana,Los Llanos,Wattled Jacana


These are conspicuous and unmistakable birds. They are 17-23 cm long, but the females are larger than the males. The adults have a chestnut back and wing coverts, with the rest of the body mainly black. In flight the greenish yellow flight feathers are obvious. The yellow bill extends up as a red coot-like head shield and a reddish wattle, and the legs and very long toes are dull blue-grey. There is a long sharp spur on the bend of the wing.

Young birds initially have entirely white underparts, and can always be identified by the presence of white in their plumage.
Juvenile Wattled Jacana Wonderful, young lily-trotter! Jacana jacana,Mato Grosso,Pantanal,Southwild Pantanal Lodge,Wattled Jacana


There are six races, with the nominate "J. j. jacana" being the most widespread. Several of the other subspecies are similar, but "J. j. hypomelaena" of western Panama and northern Colombia has all the chestnut plumage replaced by black, and "J. j. scapularis" of western Ecuador has some black feathers on its chestnut shoulders, and white outer primary feathers.
Wattled Jacana Nice reflection Hato Pinero,Jacana jacana,Los Llanos,Wattled Jacana


This species produces a range of noisy rattling calls.
Wattled Jacana, Uraba, Colombia Opening the set for day 2 in Uraba, Colombia. Plan for the day was to visit the indigenous community living in an enormous mangrove area. To make way there, you start from the local dock, fair through the canal, and then 20 minutes into the open sea. 

The canal is heavily used for the export of bananas. They are placed in containers on large flat carriers, which are dragged into the open sea from where they're loaded onto bigger ships. The canal is heavily secured. Each carrier has dedicated staff to ensure nobody puts extra "goods" onto the ships. Furthermore, there's dedicated military boats, one of which stopped us. A lot of machine guns approaching you may come across as intimidating, but they really are friendly, constructive, reasonable, and just doing their job.

They asked for permission to make a photo of us for book keeping. Jokingly, I said that given the differences in hardware between the two boats, approval was no problem. They laughed and took off. 

Still in the canal, we settled on shore on the sides to do some quick birding, but it was at quite a distance. Antioquia,Colombia,Colombia Choco & Pacific region,Fall,Geotagged,Jacana jacana,South America,Uraba,Urabá,Wattled Jacana,World


The Wattled Jacana lays four black-marked brown eggs in a floating nest. The male, as with other jacanas and some other wader families like the phalaropes, takes responsibility for incubation, with two eggs held between each wing and the breast. The females are polyandrous, and will help to defend the nests of up to four mates.
Pair of Wattled Jacanas Glorious day in the Llanos Hato Pinero,Jacana jacana,Los Llanos,Wattled Jacana


The Wattled Jacana's food is insects, other invertebrates and seeds picked from the floating vegetation or the water’s surface.


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Status: Least concern
SpeciesJ. jacana