(Jacanidae; Ϯ Wattled Jaçana J. jacana) Portuguese name Jaçana for the Wattled Jaçana  < Tupí name Yassānā or Yahānā  very alert bird or very noisy bird, for a gallinule or some other waterbird; "Jacana. Genus 71.  ...  Genus Jacanæ.  Hujus character est Digiti quatuor, membranis destituti; tres scilicet antici, posticus unus: Crura in parte inferiore plumis denudata: Rostrum rectum, in apice crassius: Unguiculi longissimi.  ...  1. LE JACANA.  ...  JACANA.  ...  Il est de la grosseur d'un Pigeon; mais il a le col & les pieds beaucoup plus longs" (Brisson 1760): based on "Jacana" of Marcgrave 1648, Jonston 1650-1653, Piso 1658, Willughby 1676, and Ray 1713; "Jacana Brisson, Orn., 1760, 1, p. 48; 5, p. 121. Type, by tautonymy, Jacana Brisson = Parra jacana Linné." (Peters 1934, II, 228).
Synon. Asarcia, Parra.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 13 December 2018).