combcrestedjacana

December 13, 2016 – Comb-Crested Jacana, Lotusbird, or Lilytrotter (Irediparra gallinacea)

These jacanas are found in the southern Philippines, parts of Indonesia, on the north and east coasts of Australia, and in New Guinea. They feed on aquatic insects, seeds, and plants. Their long toes allow them to walk on floating vegetation and they spend much of their life on the water, rarely coming ashore. Males build floating nests on top of lily pads. Females often breed with multiple males, laying their eggs in their nests and leaving the males to incubate them and care for the chicks alone. When the chicks are threatened, the males often carry them to safety by holding them under their wings.

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