Bronze-winged Jacana : Found near the villages around Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
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Scientific Name: Metopidius indicus
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Charadriiformes
Family : Jacanidae
Genus : Metopidius
Species : M. indicus
How do I identify this bird:
Take a look at the photo gallery of both the adult and juvenile Bronze-winged Jacana above. Observe the following:
- The adult bird has a glossy black head, neck and breast.
- It has a metallic greenish bronze back and wings.
- Its has a chestnut-red stub tail.
- It has a white stripe behind eye to nape.
- It has big, elongated spider-like toes.
- The immature (juvenile) birds are brownish as you can see in the photos.
- Both male and female adults look alike.
Where do I find this bird:
- You can find these birds in village ponds around DPS Tapi.
- They are usually found on floating vegetation like water lilies.
- Their elongated spider-like toes help to spread their body weight. This enables it to move with ease over floating leaves and stems.
- It is a good swimmer and dives occasionally.
- If they are not disturbed they become fearless and they can be observed at close distance.
- It feeds on roots and seeds of aquatic plants and it also eats insects and molluscs.
- It is a noisy bird during the breeding season. Generally it makes a loud short grunt and also a seek-eek-seek noise.
- It breeds during June – September. It makes its nest on floating leaves.
Gujarati : Kajo jal manjar
Bengali : Jal pipi, Dal Pipi, Karatiya