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Jacanidae - jacanas

JacanaJacanas are found in tropical areas around the world. They are wading birds and have long legs and large feet with four long toes that help them walk on aquatic vegetation. Jacanas eat insects and other invertebrates.

There are eight species of birds in this family: the lesser jacana, the African jacana, the Madagascar jacana, the northern jacana, comb-crested jacana, the bronze-winged jacana, the pheasant-tailed jacana, and the wattled jacana.

The northern jacana and the wattled jacana are found in Central and South America. The northern jacana can be found as far north as southern Texas.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status, or there is no status data for the species.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None   Wattled Jacana - Jacana jacana Least Concern
Northern Jacana - Jacana spinosa Least Concern North America

Species Around the World

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species
African Jacana - Actophilornis africanus Least Concern Africa
Madagascar Jacana - Actophilornis albinucha Least Concern Africa
Pheasant-tailed Jacana - Hydrophasianus chirurgus Least Concern Asia
Comb-crested Jacana - Irediparra gallinacea Least Concern Asia Australia


 

Wattled Jacana - Jacana jacana Least Concern North America South America
Bronze-winged Jacana - Metopidius indicus Least Concern Asia
Lesser Jacana - Microparra capensis Least Concern Africa

Additional Information

Resource Key
profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Jacanas profile Photos
Jacanas are very skilled at walking on lily pads.
Source: San Diego Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

African Jacana - Actophilornis africanus Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The African jacana is found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Bronze-winged Jacana - Metopidius indicus Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia
The bronze-winged jacana is found in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao s, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Comb-crested Jacana - Irediparra gallinacea Photos Video Least Concern Asia Australia
The comb-crested jacana is found in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and East Timor.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Lesser Jacana - Microparra capensis Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The lesser jacana is found in Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Madagascar Jacana - Actophilornis albinucha Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The Madagascar jacana is found in Madagascar.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Northern Jacana - Jacana spinosa Photos Video Least Concern North America
The northern jacana is found in Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, and the United States.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Northern Jacana - Jacana spinosa profile Photos Least Concern North America
Female northern jacanas mate with up to four individual males and lay eggs as frequently as every nine days.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pheasant-tailed Jacana - Hydrophasianus chirurgus Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia
The pheasant-tailed jacana is found in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Wattled Jacana - Jacana jacana Photos Video Audio Least Concern North America South America
The wattled jacana is found in Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Netherlands Antilles, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes