Monday, 25 March 2019

Bronze-winged Jacana (Metopidius indicus)

Latin Etymology: Metopidius ("on the forehead") indicus ("Indian")
Adult Bronze-winged Jacana (Metopidius indicus) at Phnom Krom, Cambodia - February 2019

Featured Subspecies: N/A
Weight: 150-350g  /  Length: 29cm  /  Wingspan: 54cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

While the pheasant-tailed jacana proved to be numerous and fairly conspicuous, the Bronze-winged proved to be a much scarcer shyer bird.  As we finished the lap of the track we were on just before we returned to our car, our guide spotted a single bird distantly moving amongst the waterside plants on the far side of a field.   In some ways a subtle bird, a closer inpection reveals something akin to a metallic version of a colour scheme you'd more expect on a rail - a bright yellow beek and then deep rich green and purple plumage, along with the namesake bronze wing.

Related Species:
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Jacanidae
Genus: Metopidius
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic 

 - Sighting Locations -
CAMBODIA Khmer name: ព្រហីតខ្មៅ ("Black Jacana")
Locally common resident
SINGAPORE / CAMBODIA 2019 TRIP - One at Phnom Krom

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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