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Pheasant-tailed Jacana

Hydrophasianus chirurgus


Pheasant-tailed Jacana are identifiable by their huge feet and claws which enable them to walk on floating vegetation in shallow lakes, their preferred habitat. The Pheasant-tailed Jacana is capable of swimming, although it usually walks on the vegetation. The females are more colourful than the males This is the only jacana to have a different breeding plumage. The Pheasant-tailed Jacana is a conspicuous and unmistakable bird. Breeding adults are mainly black other than white wings, head, and fore neck. The hind neck is golden. There is a striking white eyestripe. The legs and very long toes are grey. Non-breeding adults lack the long tail. The underparts are white except for a brown breast band and neck stripe. The side of the neck is golden. Young birds have brown upperparts. The underparts are white, with a weak brown breast band.


Shallow ponds and lakes.


The Pheasant-tailed Jacana's main sources of food are insects and other invertebrates picked from the floating vegetation or the water's surface.

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25 Comments (1–25)

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Thank you Argy :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Oops.. missed it. Magnificent Satyen.

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Thanks Ali!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 9 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Thanks Hemma :-)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

gorgeous bird.

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Thank you Yogesh and shameerzaman1999

ShameerZaman 9 years ago


YogeshSave 9 years ago

Beautiful !!!!

YogeshSave 9 years ago

Beautiful !!!!!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Thanks Sachin and Shrikalk!

shrikalk 9 years ago

awesome shots..

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

wow,,,, Fantabulous captures Satyen,

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Thank you Ashish, for your update. Thanks Luis, Jeannette, Dixie, Liam and Stian for your kind comments!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago

Amazing pictures Satyen!

Liam 9 years ago

Fantastic spotting, Satyen!

Jeannette 9 years ago

Beautiful :)

LuisStevens 9 years ago

Great looking bird!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

This is most beautiful and spectacular Marshland bird seen in India. Male bird in Breeding form of plumage...

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Thank you Atul, Gerardo, Karen, Maria and Nuwan. I was lucky to see them in this plumage. It was on my wish list since a long time.

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

lovely series!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

gorgeous birds - really like the second shot!

KarenL 9 years ago

Beautiful series Satyen!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Wow incredible bird great shots!

Atul 9 years ago

Amazing flight pics Satyen!

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Spotted on Jun 6, 2012
Submitted on Jun 14, 2012

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