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.
Seen at Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary.