Pheasant-tailed Jacana

Scientific Name: Hydrophasianus chirurgus
Common Name: Pheasant-tailed Jacana
Other Name: Rani didao gophita, juana

Identifying Features: brown body, white face, back of the crown is black, golden yellow patch on nape, long brown tail.

Fun Facts:

  • They may also swim or wade in water reaching their body while foraging mainly for invertebrate prey.
  • Only jacana to have a different breeding and non-breeding plumages.
  • Female builds a nest on floating vegetation made of leaves and stalks of plants with a depression in the centre.
  • In Cachar district of Assam, it is known by the name of Rani didao gophita which translates to “Little White Water Princess”


This image was clicked by Gaurika Wijeratne – via Flickr.

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