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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.]
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(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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Dainty jacanas and jewel-clad malachite kingfishers are near the shore.
Elaborating on the resilience of nature, she recalled how the Taiwanese government helped in the preservation of jacanas when building the high speed rail that threatened their habitat, going so far as to compensate farmers whose land was requisitioned for the relocation of the avian species.
In the recent Asian Water Birds Census conducted last month, DENR conservation experts deployed in the Candaba swamp and in Puerto Rivas wetland in Balanga City, Bataan, reported to have sighted 14,000 migratory birds, mostly belonging to the families of grebes, herons and egrets, rails, gallinules, coots, finfoot, jacanas, shorebirds-waders, gulls, terns, skimmers, kingfisher, sparrow and other water birds.
Occasionally, (https://theconversation.com/role-reversal-adult-sex-ratio-leads-to-gender-bending-birds-12797) as in jacanas, males greatly outnumber females, who can therefore get away with dumping males with offspring.
Having walked almost 10km, we stop to rest on a fallen tree trunk at a lagoon populated by Egyptian geese and African jacanas. A commotion breaks the idyllic silence, as a gosling is pulled underwater by a stealthy crocodile, a reminder that it's survival of the fittest out here.
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.
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.
The best adapted are the jacanas (Jacana) of subtropical areas in South America, Africa, and Asia, which possess exceptionally long toes to stabilize them and help spread out their weight; in temperate areas, moorhens (Gallinula chloropus), gallinules (Porphyrula), and crakes (Laterallus) are also capable of exploiting similar environments.
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.