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Northern Jacana

Jacana spinosa


The Northern Jacana is quite a small bird comparative to it's enormous feet! As seen, they have dark brown body feathers and greenish black neck and chest feathers. Their under feathers are a pastel yellow. Their bills are yellow and white and match their distinctive yellow waddle on their foreheads. Their feet are what sets them apart from other wading birds as they are used to stand on floating debris in order to distribute their weight.


They primarily wade in the shallows of estuaries, ponds, and lakes in Costa Rica.

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LarryGraziano 2 years ago

Gracias Nayeli. Pura vida!

Nayeli 2 years ago

Creo que no había visto una jacana, buena foto!

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Cabo Velas, Provincia Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Spotted on May 17, 2018
Submitted on May 19, 2018

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