Bronze-winged Jacana

Bronze-winged jacana, Photo: Shovon Ahmaduzzaman

জল পিপি/দল পিপি

Metopidius indicus (Latham, 1790)

রাজ্য / Kingdom: Animalia
বর্গ / Order: Charadriiformes
পরিবার / Family: Jacanidae
গন / Genus: Metopidius
প্রজাতি / Species: M. indicus

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Bronze-winged jacana belongs to the family Jacanidae. It’s a wader having glossy black head, neck and breast. It has metallic greenish bronze back and wings. Its tail is chestnut-red stub. There is a broad white stripe behind the eye to nape. It has huge feet and elongated spider-like toes. It enables the bird to walk easily on floating vegetation in shallow lakes.

Found all over the Southeast Asia as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar etc.

Length: 28-31 cm.

Weight: 147-202 g (male)

226-354 g (female)

Wingspan: 54 cm.

Call:  A short harsh grunt, also a seek-eek-seek shrill. During breeding season becomes noisy.

Food: Seed, root of aquatic plant and also insects and molluscs.

Nesting: June-September is the breeding season. Nest is a skimpy pad of twisted weed-stems on floating leaves which is often partially submerged. Egg is usually 4 in number glossy and bronze-brown with an irregular network of blackish scrawls.

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