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 (zhä′sə-nä′) also ja·ca·na (-kə-)
Any of several tropical or subtropical shorebirds of the family Jacanidae, having long toes adapted for walking on floating vegetation. Also called lily-trotter.

[Portuguese jaçanã, from Tupí jaçanam, jaçanã, one that cries out.]


(ˌʒɑːsəˈnɑː; ˌdʒæ-)
(Animals) any bird of the family Jacanidae, of tropical and subtropical marshy regions, having long legs and very long toes that enable walking on floating plants: order Charadriiformes. Also called: lily-trotter
[C18: from Portuguese jaçanã, from Tupi-Guarani jasaná]
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Having walked almost 10km, we stop to rest on a fallen tree trunk at a lagoon populated by Egyptian geese and African jacanas.
When there is enough water, egrets, herons, ibises and swans all breed in the wetlands, as do rarer waterbirds like brolgas, jacanas and magpie geese.
Experimental induction of infanticide in female Wattled Jacanas.
The Jacanas were observed in the vegetated part of the lake at the three sites and so were the lily trotters.
We saw wedged-tailed eagles scouting for wallabies, bluewinged kookaburras perched on telegraph wires, and delicate jacanas pacing carefully across lily pad-choked waterways.
We saw wedgedtailed eagles scouting for wallabies, blue winged kookaburras perched on telegraph wires, and delicate jacanas pacing carefully across lilypadchoked waterways.
Choices by females often play the deciding role in mating behavior: Bronze-winged jacanas keep male harems and trade dalliances for childcare (SN: 3/6/99, p.
New elevated walkways bring you eye-to-eye with African jacanas and the rare waldrapp ibis from Morocco.
Seasonally, hundreds of thousands of herons, storks, egrets, grebes, ibis, ducks, and jacanas flock to the area to feed and mate.
Most natural porphyrins contain iron, but several are based on copper, including turacoverdin, which produces intense green coloration in some turacos, two galliforms, and the jacanas (Dyck 1992); and turacin, responsible for magenta coloration in turacos (Gill 1995).
She laments that previous work on female ornamentation has mostly occurred in sex-role-reversed birds like jacanas, where a big bold female defends a territory and monopolizes the males within it (SN: 3/6/99, p.
For example, numbers of Wattled Jacanas recorded in the Ricefields accounted for <5% of all shorebirds, but increased to >70% in the Western, Paspalum, and BBE.