Jacanas are colorful waterbirds often called lily-trotters because they trot on top of lily pads with their long legs and incredibly long toes and claws. The super-long toes spread the bird’s weight over a large area. This allows them to walk across floating vegetation, especially lily pads. Jacanas often appear to be walking on the water itself! They are also good swimmers and divers, and can journey through open water from one area of vegetation to another.
|SCIENTIFIC NAME||ACTOPHILORNIS AFRICANA
|WHERE IN THE WILD?||WATER AREAS AND VEGETATION OF AFRICA, SOUTHERN ASIA, PACIFIC ISLANDS, AUSTRALIA, MEXICO AND CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA|
|WHAT'S ON THE MENU?
||INSECTS, SNAILS, WORMS, SMALL CRABS, FISH, MOLLUSKS, SEEDS