African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus) - HBW 3, p. 289
French: Jacana à poitrine dorée
Spanish: Jacana Africana
Other common names: Greater African Jacana, Lily-trotter
Taxonomy: Parra africana Gmelin, 1789, Ethiopia.
Genus occasionally lumped with Microparra and Irediparra in Metopidius, or alternatively with Irediparra and Metopidius in Jacana, but neither proposal widely accepted. Forms superspecies with A. albinucha. Monotypic.
Distribution: Wetlands throughout sub-Saharan Africa; largely absent from forest belts and arid zones.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 25 videos
An immature walking over water lilies, foraging Locality Awassa Lake, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 18 December 2005 8 years ago 47 sec 4.7
A bird walking on lily leaves Locality Awassa Lake, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Keith Blomerley 11 April 2002 6 years ago 26 sec 4.6
single bird in reedbed Locality Durban, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Roland Bischoff 13 November 2011 2 years ago 24 sec 4.3
A juvenile Locality iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 47 weeks ago 54 sec 4.2
An adult walking over water lilies, foraging Locality Awassa Lake, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 18 December 2005 8 years ago 52 sec 4.1
A bird feeding in flooded vegetation, then flying away and calling. Locality Awassa Lake, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Keith Blomerley 28 October 2013 45 weeks ago 14 sec 4
PhotosSee all 54 photos
An African Jicana foraging for insects on the water lilies of the Chobe river in Botswana
Locality Chobe National Park, North-West District, Botswana (Monotypic species)
Jacques Sellschop 15 July 2013 14 weeks ago 4.6
ready to take off in Jakhaly ricefields.
Locality Jakhaly, Central River Division, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 15 December 2013 41 weeks ago 4.6
An adult in flight
Locality Ghana (Monotypic species)
Lars Petersson 30 January 2013 40 weeks ago 4.5
Two chicks hiding under the father
Locality Abuko Nature Reserve, Abuko, Western Division, The Gambia
Klaus Lachenmaier 22 March 2013 1 year ago 4.5
seen in shallow water at pond near camp
Locality Chitabe Camp, Okavango Delta, North-West District, Botswana
owlbird 3 December 2013 45 weeks ago 4.4
An African Jacana is walking on the backs of several resting hippos.
Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Gábor Michl 15 July 2012 20 weeks ago 4.3