Tuesday, June 12, 2018

African Jacana

The African jacana is also known as the "lilytrotter" because it walks on top of water lilies and other vegetation with its long toes. 
Note the large toes on the foot pulled up out of the water. 
They have chestnut underparts; black wingtips, crown, rear neck and eye stripe; a light-blue bill with a coot-like upper shield; gray legs and toes; and white neck and upper chest turning into a golden yellow. 
The light blue bill and shield and golden-yellow upper chest are visible. 
They feed on insects floating on top of the vegetation on the water, or the water itself. It is found in wetlands throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. 
This is not a great picture, but it shows the habitat of grasses inundated with water and lily pads. 
We saw them in the Okavanga Delta of Botswana while we were in a motor boat on a river. 

1 comment:

  1. Seeing them in your photos highlights their camouflage--blue heads like the water, yellow throats like the glare of the sun, brown backs like the dry reeds or dirt.