Northern Jacana. Jacana spinosa. At marshy ponds from Mexico to Panama, this odd shorebird is common. Its long toes allow it to run about on lily pads and. Jacana spinosa. Cirujano, gallito de agua, mulita, jacana centroamericana. Information · Images · Ocurrences · Map · Literature. Loading. Northern jacanas (Jacana spinosa) range from Mexico to Panama, although they are sometimes seen into the southern United States. They occur mainly in.

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Head, neck, upper breast and upper mantle black; rest of upperparts, coverts, Chicks are able to swim, dive and feed shortly after they hatch.

Endothermy is a synapomorphy of the Mammalia, although it may have arisen in a now extinct synapsid ancestor; the fossil record does not distinguish these possibilities.

Northern Jacana Jacana spinosa.

In northern jacanas, males exclusively construct nests, incubate eggs, and care for the young. That is the female will mate with several males a day or form pair bonds with more than one male at a time. These birds are native to the following Connect with us Help us improve the site by taking our survey.

Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa) in Costa Rica

Northern jacanas eat whatever insects they can glean off of aquatic plant surfaces. The female may assist in protecting the nest. This species is jaxana similar to the Wattled JacanaJacana spinosawith which it overlaps in Panama, and was formerly considered conspecific with that form of, or belonging to, the spjnosa species.


Jenni and Mace, Economic Importance for Humans: Purple gallinules Porphyrio martinica are the most common predators of northern jacana eggs and offspring, they will take them out of nests when the male is away. Cosamaloapan de Carpio, Veracruz. The Auk Predators of the jacana include snakes, caimans, snapping turtles and various large birds and mammals.

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When all the eggs have hatched, the male will dispose of the remaining egg shells. The male constructs floating platform nests on the water. While ADW staff and contributors provide references to books and websites that we believe are reputable, we cannot necessarily endorse the contents of references beyond our control.

When they are successful, the male gives distinct calls.

The females provide the males with a new clutch when the chicks are 12—16 weeks old. Males were found to be significantly smaller than females.

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The young leave the nest at about 24 hours after hatching. Females mate with up to four individual males and lay eggs as frequently as every nine days. Also visible are yellow bony spurs on the leading edge of the wings, which it can use to defend itself and its young. These relationships last until a male or female is replaced.


Males build a nest on the platform that was used for solicitation and copulation. Northern jacanas communicate with visual displays and calls.

INBio – Jacana spinosa

Wilson Bulletin Jacana spinosa Linnaeus Lives of North American birds. Glossary Nearctic living in the Nearctic biogeographic province, the northern part of the New World. Both adults and juveniles have conspicuous yellow flight feathers that are visible when they raise their wings.

Chase vocalizations among several adults primarily given in flight across a large marsh with floating vegetation. A small number of them are found in southeastern Texas. Also feed on flowers and small fish. Lives of North American birds. A study from Costa Rica showed that females weighted When northern jacanas breed, males build platforms that are used for solicitation displays and copulation. They feed on insects, other invertebrates and seeds picked from the floating vegetation or the surface of water.

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