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  Lesser Jacana

 

 

Microparra capensis

(241) 16 cm; 41 g

SEXES  Similar, F > M. Smallest member of jacana family. Confusion possible with juv African Jacana, which also has white supercilium and bold dark line through eye, but has rufous crown and forecrown, and darker back. White trailing edge to secondaries evident in flight, as are dark flight feathers that contrast with light—coloured upperwing coverts.

JUV  Like ad but with buff-edges feathers to upperparts.

STATUS  Uncommon through most of region except in Okavango Delta; regarded as Near Threatened. Resident, but nomadic in response to water levels and availability of floating vegetation. Usually in pairs, occasionally in small groups.

HABITAT  Permanent and seasonal shallow freshwaters with floating vegetation, especially water lilies.

FOOD  Aquatic insects.

CALL  Low-pitched hoot wo0t—woot—woot... and quieter ksk-ksk-ksk.

BR  Monogamous. Nest a small floating platform of aquatic vegetation. Incubation shared by both sexes.

 

 

Jal001

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal002

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal003

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal004

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal005

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal006

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal007

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal008

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal009

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal010

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal011

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal012

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal013

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal014

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal015

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal016

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal017

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal018

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal019

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal020

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal021

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal022

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal023

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal024

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal025

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal026

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal027

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal028

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal029

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal030

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal031

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal032

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal033

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal034

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Jal035

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

 

 

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