Animal of the Month
What's so special about it?In a power flip that would make Gloria Steinem proud, it is the female Wattled Jacana (Jacana jacana) that rules the roost - literally! Mrs Jacana holds the biggest territory in her wetland home, sharing the lilypads with a harem of up to four males that form an uneasy alliance with each other. By mating with them all and laying eggs randomly in each of their nests, she ensures that her offspring are brought up in a predator-filled environment with five dedicated adults protecting them as best they can. As the saying goes, it's wise not to put all your eggs in the one basket!
Where can I see one?Wattled Jacanas are found in the tropical wetlands of Central and South America. Like all Jacanas, they have extremely long toes that spread their weight out to maximum effect, allowing them to walk over floating plants without sinking them. For this reason, they don't need a large body of water to live on, just one with plenty of waterlilies and the like.
Is there anything similar near Brisbane?
Photos courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.