Family Jacanas (Jacanidae)

Least Concern

Lesser Jacana (Microparra capensis)


Taxonomy

French: Jacana nain German: Zwergblatthühnchen Spanish: Jacana chica
Taxonomy:

Parra capensis

A. Smith

, 1839,

Algoa Bay, South Africa

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Species considered possibly to represent a neotenic form of Actophilornis africanus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Mali and Ivory Coast patchily E to South Sudan and Ethiopia, then S through Uganda and Kenya to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and E South Africa, extending W to E Angola and E Namibia.

Descriptive notes

c. 15–16 cm; c. 41 g. Much smaller than other jacanas; frontal shield very small or lacking. Extended wings dark with conspicuous white trailing edges to inner... read more

Voice

A quiet low-pitched “poop” repeated up to five times per second for up to five seconds; also a... read more

Habitat

Shallow water around edges of permanent and seasonally flooded wetlands, especially areas of... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily insects; also reported to take bits of aquatic vegetation on occasion. Insects are gleaned from the substrate and from emergent... read more

Breeding

Season highly variable throughout range, in response to wide range of wet seasons and avai­lability of suitable habitat; May in Kenya;... read more

Movements

Poorly known. Species is permanent resident on permanent wetlands apparently throughout most of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No overall estimate of population size, but fewer than 1000 individuals thought to occur in Mali and concentration of up to 2000... read more

Recommended citation

Jenni, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Lesser Jacana (Microparra capensis). 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/53737 on 15 December 2018).