Definitions for: Jacana






Webster (1913) Definition: Jac"a*na`, n. [Cf. Sp. jacania.] (Zo["o]l.)
Any of several wading birds belonging to the genus Jacana
and several allied genera, all of which have spurs on the
wings. They are able to run about over floating water weeds
by means of their very long, spreading toes. Called also
surgeon bird.

Note: The most common South American species is {Jacana
spinosa}. The East Indian or pheasant jacana
(Hydrophasianus chirurgus) is remarkable for having
four very long, curved, middle tail feathers.

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