French: Jacana à poitrine dorée German: Blaustirn-Blatthühnchen Spanish: Jacana africana
J. F. Gmelin
Wetlands throughout sub-Saharan Africa; largely absent from forest belts and arid zones.
23–31 cm; male 115–224 g, female 167–290 g. Bill continuous with large frontal shield, both pale blue to grey-blue; rest of crown and hindneck black; sides... read more
Noisy, with strident and varied calls, with a rattling screech given on take-off, which becomes “... read more
Permanent and seasonally flooded shallow freshwater wetlands, especially swamps and backwaters of... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects (e.g. dipterans) and worms, but also other arthropods, including spiders and crustaceans, and molluscs (probably Bolinus... read more
Breeds year-round in suitable permanent wetlands, but seasonally in seasonally flooded areas; most nests apparently Oct–Nov in Sierra... read more
Not migratory, but extremely nomadic, often in connection with changing water levels, moving along... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common to abundant throughout most of extensive range, but no overall population estimate and few regional estimates, but... read more
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