Species Details

@MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);

Bronze‑winged Jacana Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Metopidius indicus
Family : Jacanidae
Order : Charadriiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Wetlands
Description : The Bronze-winged Jacana is a dark waterbird with long legs and even longer toes (adult bird length approximately 28 cm, weight 155 g, wing 17 cm, bill 4 cm, tarsus 7 cm, tail 4.5 cm). It looks dark bronze-green from above and blackish from below. It feeds on larvae, molluscs, seeds and shoots of aquatic plants. Bronze-winged jacanas are solitary or paired birds that feed on aquatic vegetation, insects, and other small creatures found on floating vegetation or the water's surface. They have long legs and toes, which they use to balance while foraging. Their call is a wheezy piping sound, often heard as an alarm. When threatened, they sometimes hide by submerging themselves. Breeding season typically occurs after the rains, between June and September in India, but occasional breeding may occur in March. Their nests are small platforms made of plant stems and leaves, placed on a mat of vegetation or sometimes directly on lotus leaves. The usual clutch size is four eggs, which are glossy brown with irregular black zig-zag markings. Males take on the responsibility of incubating the eggs and caring for the young. The eggs hatch after 29 days. Predation rates on the eggs are high, with up to 94% being lost to various predators such as birds and turtles in some studies. Young chicks may seek shelter between their father's wings and be carried to safety. They become independent from their father at around ten weeks of age. It breeds in June-September.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Peter Boesman(www.xeno-canto.org/Peter Boesman), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.