Pheasant-tailed Jacana near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
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Scientific Name: Hydrophasianus chirurgus
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Charadriiformes
Family : Jacanidae
Genus : Hydrophasianus
Species : H. chirurgus
How do I identify this bird :
- Breeding adults have a long tail and brown underparts.
- They have extensive white on wings, head, and fore neck.
- They have a striking white eyestripe.
- The hind neck is golden.
- They have legs with very long toes which are grey in colour.
- It has a pointed spur at the bend of the wing.
- 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 Pheasant-tailed Jacana have brown upperparts.
Where do I find this Bird:
- Pheasant-tailed Jacana are found in village ponds and lakes around DPS Tapi where you have lotus or lilies.
- They are found walking atop broad leaves and floating vegetation in the ponds, lakes or marshes.
- It feeds on roots and seeds of aquatic plants and it also eats insects and molluscs.
- It breeds during June – September. It makes its nest on floating leaves.
- Its call is a peculiar mewing tewn, tewn sound.
Hindi : Pihuya, Piho
Bengali : Dal kukra, Miwa, Sakdal, Jal manjor
Tamil : Manal pura
Malayalam : Tamara kozhi