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Lesser Jacana - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by safariranger
Bangweulu Swamps, Zambia, July 2006
Microparra capensis

Identification

15–16 cm Much smaller than African Jacana

  • White underparts and eyebrow
  • Pale buffy-greyish brown upperparts

Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa:
Western Africa: Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal

Taxonomy

Photo © by Rick and Elis
Botswana, August 2013

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

River floodplains, lagoons sewerage works and bays in wetlands with emergent grass and sedge.

Behaviour

Diet

Their diet consists mostly of insects, with the occasional addition of aquatic vegetation.

Breeding

Both adults incubate the eggs and care for the chicks.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2015)
  4. BF Member observations

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