Order Charadriiformes

Family Jacanidae

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  • Medium-sized, strikingly coloured waterbirds, with elongated legs, toes and claws.
  • Pantropical, extending into subtropics.
  • Shallow freshwater wetlands.
  • 15-58 cm.
  • 6 genera, 8 species, 17 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Jenni, D.A. & Bonan, A. (2019). Jacanas (Jacanidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52235 on 14 December 2019).