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.
- 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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