Pheasant-tailed Jacana and her Chicks

Pheasant-tailed Jacana and her Chicks

The pheasant-tailed jacana is a jacana in the monotypic genus Hydrophasianus.

The body length is 31 to 58 cm. Iris dark brown. Mouth grayish blue. Feet are blue-grey with long feet, toes and claws.

Hermaphrodite. The head, neck and wings of breeding feathers are white, the back of the neck is golden yellow with black borders, the rest of the body is dark brown, and the tail feathers are very long.

The non-breeding feathers are dark brown on the head and back of the neck, with a black eye line extending to the side of the neck, the side of the thorax to the upper chest, forming a black horizontal band, the front neck and abdomen are white, and the tail feathers are short.

The sub-adult feathers are similar to non-breeding feathers, but the iris is yellow and the top of the head is reddish-brown.

India, China, Southeast Asia, Taiwan.

Video Source: 水雉-育雛/Pheasant-tailed Jacana-Feeding chicks from Chuenguey Hwang on Youtube  CC B