THE AFRICAN JACANA
HIDES HIS CHICKS
The animal kingdom is full of the most peculiar beings that not every person knows about. If you’ve never heard anything of an adorable and sometimes creepy bird called African Jacana, you’re just about to learn something new!
The Jacanidae family has 8 known species of Jacanas, and one of them is the African Jacana. It is a tropical bird that mostly resides in wetlands and is usually found in sub-Saharan Africa.
Commonly referred to as “Jesus birds”, these vertebrates have an ability to walk on water or at least give a good impression of this ability.
Their slender, long legs paired with large feet and toes up to 7cm (2.75 inches) allows them to walk on floating vegetation with ease.
These vertebrates fare well not only above water but also under it. They are very good divers and use this skill as great protection from predators.
Jacanas engage in quite an unusual mating system called polyandry. It means that females mate with multiple males, leaving the duty of taking care of the chicks to them.
While males are the protectors of the chicks, females protect the territory due to the fact that they are much bigger in size.
Clancy's comment: Amazing bird, eh? Creatures in our world continue to surprise me.