Other Names: none
Distribution: coastal Mexico to western Panama, and on Cuba, Jamaica and Hispaniola. Occasionally found in Texas.
Size: 23-25 cm in length with a 48-52 cm wingspan.
Plumage: The northern jacana has a dark brown body with a black head and neck. In addition its bill has yellow patches with a white base and its forehead has a wattle. Yellow primary and secondary feathers are visible when a jacana is in flight. The legs are gray and the eyes are black.