Lily-Trotters, Jesus Birds
Written by Ellen Blackstone
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[Northern Jacana calls, LNS # 140224]
The Northern Jacana (for details about pronunciation, please see under*), present in Mexico, Central and South America, and Cuba. And the chicken with the longest toes — relative to its physique dimension — of any chicken. These toes are l-o-n-g, they usually’re made for walkin’. Dwelling in wetlands, Jacanas are nicknamed “lily-trotters,” for his or her potential to stroll on lilypads. In Jamaica, they’re often known as “Jesus birds,” as a result of it appears as in the event that they’re strolling on water. Feats attainable solely due to these toes. [LNS #140224 2:40 and 3:14]
However that is not all that is cool concerning the jacana. The males carry their younger underneath their wings. Now, you have seen a mom housecat — kitten dangling from her mouth — carrying kittens one after the other to security. Effectively, the male jacana will carry his younger, too – besides that he can carry a number of without delay. [Northern Jacana LNS # 140224]
So image this wildly colourful wading chicken, crouching down and spreading his wings. The younger transfer in underneath him, and he sweeps them up and carries them off, tiny legs dangling from underneath his wings. It would not look very comfy for the younger ones, nevertheless it positive is protected. [Northern Jacana LNS # 140224]
Do not consider it? We’ll present you a video. Start on our web site, BirdNote.org. I am Michael Stein. [Northern Jacana LNS # 140224]
Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Jacana recorded by Gerrit Vyn
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* “Jacana” appears to be pronounced in many alternative methods. Julie Zickefoose in her weblog says the pronunciation of “jacana” within the Tupi Indian language is zhuh-sah-NAH, with the emphasis on the final syllable. Nonetheless, the Cornell recordist of the Northern Jacana heard on this present, Gerrit Vyn, says juh-CAH-nuh, so on this case, we went with that. (Hear right here: http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/140224) For a pronunciation in Brazilian Portuguese, try Forvo.com: http://www.forvo.com/phrase/japercentC3percentA7anpercentC3percentA3/#pt