Indian Bird – Bronze Winged Jacana:
When I first saw this Bronze-winged Jacana, I thought it to be a water hen. There were 3-4 of them fighting with each other. During the fight, they were making extremely loud noises.
These are extremely shy lake birds and I always struggled to get a clear picture of them. With the slightest of sound, these Bronze-winged Janacas vanished from sight. Their shiny and glazing feathers are extremely attractive and when they fight with each other creates a lot of noise. I have often seen them fighting for territory. Often seen them fighting with purple swamphens.
The Bronze-winged Janaca wings are bronzy brown with a green sheen and have a reduced tubercular carpal spur.
The sexes are alike. Females are slightly larger and are polyandrous, maintaining a harem of males during the breeding season in the monsoon rains.
Males maintain territories, with one male in the harem chosen to incubate the eggs and take care of the young.
Bronze-winged Jacana when threatened young chicks may be carried to safety by the male under his wings.
Scientific name: Metopidius indicus
Higher classification: Metopidius
The Bronze-Winged Jacana is a wader in the family Jacanidae. Like other jacanas it forages on lilies and other floating aquatic vegetation,
the long feet spreading out its weight and preventing sinking. Bronze-winged jacana is found mostly in Southeast Asia. They are the only species in the genus Metopidius.
Bronze-Winged Jacana is a rail-like, large, short-tailed birds that appear dark at a distance except for the supercilium. They are 29 cm (11 in) in length.
The head, neck, and breast are black and contrast with the broad white supercilium that runs from over the eye to the back of the neck. The lower back and tail coverts are chestnuts.
The tail is stubby and reddish-brown with a black terminal band. The greenish-yellow bill has a red-base to the upper mandible
Here is a short video of Bronze-winged Jacana to watch them live: