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Jacana

Jac′a-naˊ

,
Noun.
[Cf. Sp.
jacania
.]
(Zool.)
Any of several wading birds belonging to the genus
Jacana
and several allied genera, all of which have spurs on the wings. They are able to run about over floating water weeds by means of their very long, spreading toes. Called also
surgeon bird
.
☞ The most common South American species is
Jacana spinosa
. The East Indian or pheasant jacana (
Hydrophasianus chirurgus
) is remarkable for having four very long, curved, middle tail feathers.

Definition 2021


Jacana

Jacana

See also: jacana

Translingual

Wikispecies

Proper noun

Jacana f

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Jacanidae.

References

  • Gill, F. and Wright, M. (2006) Birds of the World: Recommended English Names, Princeton University Press, ISBN 978-0691128276

jacana

jacana

See also: Jacana

English

Irediparra gallinacea

Noun

jacana (plural jacanas)

  1. A group of wading birds in the family Jacanidae, usually having long toes and claws and found throughout the world.

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