Family Jacanas (Jacanidae)

Least Concern

Bronze-winged Jacana (Metopidius indicus)


Taxonomy

French: Jacana bronzé German: Hindublatthühnchen Spanish: Jacana bronceada
Taxonomy:

Parra indica

Latham

, 1790,

India

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

India through SE Asia to S China (Yunnan), S Sumatra and W Java; present all year round in SE Pakistan (Sind).

Descriptive notes

28–31 cm; male 147–202 g, female 226–354 g; wingspan 54 cm. Glossy, black plumage with back, scapulars and upperwing-coverts greenish, tail and vent rufous... read more

Voice

Gives shrill “seek-seek-seek” and short harsh grunts.

Habitat

Floating and emergent vegetation, e.g. lotus (Nelumbium speciosum), lily (Limnanthemum... read more

Food and feeding

Reported to be chiefly vegetarian, but probably feeds extensively on insects, snails and other invertebrates. Food items taken from the... read more

Breeding

Season during monsoons. e.g. late Jul to early Sept (sometimes from mid-May) in S India; Jun on Java. Polyandrous; males vigorously defend... read more

Movements

Sedentary, making local movements as necessary, in response to seasonal changes in water conditions... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Dependent on existence of wetlands, but apparently able to utilize some agricultural lands, e.g. wet grasslands, paddyfields.... read more

Recommended citation

Jenni, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Bronze-winged Jacana (Metopidius indicus). 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/53742 on 22 February 2019).