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Comb-crested Jacana

(Metopidius [Irediparra] gallinacea)
Alternate name(s): "Jesusbird", "Christbird", "Lotusbird", "Comb-crested Parra", "Lily-trotter"
Size: 20-22 cm (male), 24-27 cm (female); wingspan 39-46 cm (both sexes)
Weight: 68-84 g (male), 120-150 g (female)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Comb-crested Jacana at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "novaehollandiae"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Comb-crested Jacana (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2013]

Near-frontal view of a Comb-crested Jacana
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a Comb-crested Jacana (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, July 2013]

Lateral view of a Comb-crested Jacana (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Wynnum Wetlands, Brisbane, QLD, August 2017]

Lateral view of a resting Comb-crested Jacana (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Sandy Camp Wetlands, Lytton, QLD, August 2018]

Pair of Comb-crested Jacanas (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Sandy Camp Wetlands, Lytton, QLD, August 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a Comb-crested Jacana on its lily pad (click on photo to see the entire pad)
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Dorsal view of a Comb-crested Jacana
[Wetlands of Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon, July 2009; see credits page for details]

Lateral view of a Comb-crested Jacana in flight (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Dorsal view of a Comb-crested Jacana just after take-off (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[McMinns Lagoon, near Darwin, NT, September 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Comb-crested Jacana, with a juvenile, left (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, July 2013]

Close-up frontal view of a juvenile Comb-crested Jacana (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Sandy Camp Wetlands, Lytton, QLD, August 2018]

Lateral view of a juvenile Comb-crested Jacana (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, July 2013]

Lateral view of a juvenile Comb-crested Jacana (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Sandy Camp Wetlands, Lytton, QLD, August 2018]

Comb-crested Jacana with two young chicks (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Sandy Camp Road Wetlands, Brisbane, QLD, September 2017]

Comb-crested Jacana with a young chick (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Sandy Camp Road Wetlands, Brisbane, QLD, September 2017]

Comb-crested Jacana chick walking on lily pads (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Sandy Camp Road Wetlands, Brisbane, QLD, September 2017]

Close-up view of a Comb-crested Jacana chick going after a fly (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Sandy Camp Road Wetlands, Brisbane, QLD, September 2017]

Behaviour

Comb-crested Jacana with two young chicks; note that the colour pigment of the bird's fleshy comb is orange-yellow; the usual pinkish-red comes from circulating blood - when a Comb-crested Jacana becomes excited, blood flow to the crest is restricted and its colour consequently changes from pinkish-red to orange-yellow (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Sandy Camp Road Wetlands, Brisbane, QLD, September 2017]

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