African Jacana
Actophilornis africanus
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The African jacana's long toes allow it to walk on vegetation where it gleans insect larvae, crustaceans, sometimes small fish. It is widespread and common on freshwater lakes and ponds. The mating jacanas were photographed in Tarangire (4-12). The 3rd row immature (Lake Naivasha, 2-17) is courtesy of Karine Van der Vurst; note the grey frontal shield. The top photo was taken in Lake Manyara NP (10-15), courtesy of Michael Oates. The other photos were taken at Lake Manyara, TPC-Moshi, Tarangire, Chobe NP (Botswana) and Kafue NP (Zambia). Click the photo above to see 25 enlargements including chicks, juveniles and immatures.
 
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All unattributed images on this website are:
copyright © 2001-21 Ron Eggert or David Peterson
All other images are the property of the indicated photographers:
Paul Oliver, Per Holmen, Michael Oates, Karine Van der Vurst, Friedemann Vetter

Last Update this page: 3-16-21