Northern Jacana

Other Names: none

Distribution: coastal Mexico to western Panama, and on Cuba, Jamaica and Hispaniola. Occasionally found in Texas.

Northern Jacana distribution range map

Description:

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.

Species image
Northern Jacana

Northern Jacana

Bill Shape
dagger
Regions
arizona
mexico
texas
Tail Shape
rounded-tail
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Habitat
Marshes
Color
sheen
black
brown
Body Shape
chicken
Size
medium
Order
jacanas - jacanidae
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species