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jaçana (jəkăn´ə, jəkän´ə), common name for members of the Jacanidae, a family of tropical and subtropical wading birds. Jaçanas, also called lily-trotters and lotus-birds, have long toes and toenails that enable them to walk delicately on floating vegetation as they search for insects and mollusks. Like certain of the related plovers, jaçanas have defensive spurs on the angles of their wings. The American jaçana (10 in./25 cm long), Jacana spinosa, is cinnamon red with striking yellow-green wing patches. The female jaçana is slightly larger than the male, but has similar coloration. It lays about 4 eggs per clutch, which is incubated by the male for three to four weeks. Jaçanas are excellent swimmers and divers and build their nests to float on water. They are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Charadriiformes, family Jacanidae.

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Jacanidae

Jacanidae (jacanas; class Aves, order Charadriiformes) A family of rufous, greenish-brown, and black birds which have a medium-length bill, and broad wings. Their legs are long, with bare tibiae and extremely long toes and claws. They inhabit the marshy shores of lakes and streams, walk on surface vegetation, feed on insects, aquatic animals, and vegetation, and nest on floating plants. There are six genera, with eight species, found in Central and S. America, Africa, southern Asia, and Australasia.

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jaçana

jaçana (lily trotter) Long-toed water bird of tropical lakes with a slender body, narrow bill and tapered claws. It is black or reddish-brown. It feeds on aquatic plants and small animals. Length: to 50.8cm (20in). Family Jacanidae.

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jacanas

jacanas See JACANIDAE.

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