Graeme Chapman - natural history photographer - ornithologist

Australian Birds

Comb-crested Jacana
Irediparra gallinacea
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The Comb-crested Jacana is the only member of this group widely distributed in Australia where it is popularly known as lily trotter. A second Jacana, the Pheasant-tailed Jacana is only known as a vagrant. Comb-crested Jacanas occur in coastal and subcoastal swamplands across northern Australia and down the east coast to near Sydney.

Comb-crested Jacanas lay probably the most beautiful eggs of any bird in Australia.( see pic#171204) They are very well camouflaged as they lie just above water level in the flimsy floating nest. When water levels rise after heavy rain the birds are known to carry the eggs beneath their wings to a safer location. When threatened, they do this with very young nestlings as well.To avoid predators, jacanas can submerge below the water with merely a nostril showing.

Photo: 171201

171201 ... Comb-crested Jacana

Photo: 171202

171202 ... Comb-crested Jacana, adult.

Photo: 171204

171204 ... Jacana's nest on floating water hyacinth, regarded as the most beautiful eggs in Australia.

Photo: 171206

171206 ... Comb-crested Jacana, immature.

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