Jacana's Have Funny Toes
The long toes hold him up, like snowshoes hold up a person who is walking on soft snow. These birds can fly but do not do so very often. When they land they always flip up their wings. No one knows why.
These birds live on the surface of ponds where water lilies and other plants grow. They eat some plant food as well as the little water animals and insect larva that fasten themselves to plant stems and the under side of lily pads. They always seem hungry.
Jacanas live in warm countries, such as southern Africa and parts of Asia and
Most jacanas have very short tails but there is an oriental jacana, called the "surgeon bird," that has a long tail like a pheasant. The male of another variety, which lives in