The animal kingdom is teeming with exotic animals and has the greatest number of species, many of which are unknown to the general public, and you’re about to learn something new! Have you heard of African Jacana before? It’s a water bird belonging to the Jacanidae family, which includes eight species of Jacanas, one of which is the African Jacana. It is a tropical bird that spends much of its time in wetlands and may be found in Sub-Saharan Africa.
These warm-blooded animals have the ability to walk on water, earning them the nickname “Jesus bird.”
Their slender, long legs, along with big feet and toes measuring up to 7cm (2.75 inches), allow them to easily walk on floating plants.
They are also known as lily trotters since they spend the most of their life on the water. These species have developed to the point where they can live not just on the surface of the water but also beneath it, making them less vulnerable to predators.
Jacana’s manner of life is virtually identical to that of a modern guy. Polyandry is a unique mating strategy used by these animals. It means that females mate with multiple males and males are responsible for the care of the chicks. Because of their size, the female Jacanas are in charge of guarding the territory, while the males are in charge of protecting the young chicks.
Being single again isn’t an issue, but being a single father is. It’s a piece of cake for these male Jacanas. These species are well-known for their ability to protect their young. Tucking the tiny ones directly beneath their wings with their feet jutting out is their characteristic technique for safeguarding them.
Isn’t it a little creepy? A few lucky photographers were able to catch this once-in-a-lifetime moment on film.