Family Jacanas (Jacanidae)

Least Concern

Bronze-winged Jacana (Metopidius indicus)


French: Jacana bronzé German: Hindublatthühnchen Spanish: Jacana bronceada

Parra indica


, 1790,





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


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


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


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


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 on 22 February 2019).