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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

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, August 2013]

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]

Comb-crested Jacana wading in water
[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)

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of an immature Comb-crested Jacana wading in water
[Wetlands of Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon, July 2009; see credits page for details]

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

Behaviour

Near-frontal view of a Comb-crested Jacana walking on lily pads; 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
[Kakadu NP, NT, 1997]

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