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African Jacana, Johan Taljaard, Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng, South Africa.

African Jacanas are conspicuous and unmistakable birds. They are about 30 cm long, but females are larger than males. They have chestnut upperparts with black wingtips, rear neck, and eyestripe. The underparts are white with a chestnut belly patch in adult birds. The blue bill extends up as a coot-like head shield, and the legs and long toes are grey. African Jacanas feed on insects and other invertebrates picked from the floating vegetation or the surface of the water. Breeding African Jacanas breed throughout sub-Saharan Africa. It is sedentary apart from seasonal dispersion. It lays four black-marked brown eggs in a floating nest. It is a polyandrous species, which means that one female mates with multiple males, and the male alone cares for the chicks. The male  has the ability to pick up and carry chicks beneath its wings, a remarkable adaptation for parental care. NFToes


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