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Wattled Jacana (m.)

Jacana jacana


Beautiful water bird with long toes able to walk across weeds beds where it feeds and lays eggs and raises young. The female of this species, mates, lays eggs, then abandons the eggs and the male (who tends the eggs and the young on his own) --- she goes off and finds another male and repeats the process. The males show spectacular wing patterns and beautiful red wattle at the top of the beak. Above you can see the mottled and striped eggs laid in an open nest on floating weed-bed, well camophlauged from all angles.


Oxbow lakes and other weedy slow moving relatively shallow waters.


This male worked to distract us as our canoe came close to his nest.

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SusanEllison 8 years ago

great series

key_man 8 years ago

The male tried to draw us away from the nest by flying short distances away. Did not make any moves to drive us off. we were 3 persons in dugout canoe on an oxbow lake covered with weeds and moved extremely slowly so we likely didn't trigger the most aggressive responses.

Smith'sZoo 9 years ago

Awesome series! Did the male not attack on approaching the nest?

GeoffreyPalmer 9 years ago

Great photos! I've worked on a research project in that area of Loreto, what tour company did you travel with, if you don't mind me asking? Also, consider adding your spottings to the Birds of Peru Mission:

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

The eggs are gorgeous!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Please consider adding this lovely spotting to the Animal Architecture mission at

Wonderful. Those are beautiful eggs!

VivBraznell 9 years ago

Beautiful spotting! Love the image with the eggs

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

great series! Welcome to Project Noah

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Nauta, Loreto, Peru

Spotted on May 22, 2012
Submitted on May 22, 2012


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