Bronze-winged Jacana

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names


Native Habitat

Lake, River


Insects, Invertebrates


Bronze-winged Jacana

Metopidius indicus

The Bronze-winged Jacana breeds in India and southeast Asia. It is sedentary apart from seasonal dispersion. It lays four black-marked brown eggs in a floating nest. The males take responsibility for incubation.

These are unmistakable birds. They are 30 cm long and females are larger than males. They are mainly black, inner wings are dark brown and tail is red. There is a striking white eye-stripe. The yellow bill extends up as a red coot-like head shield, and the legs and very long toes are grey. Young birds have brown upper-parts. Their underparts are white, with a buff fore-neck.

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
  • Bengali:
    দল পিপি, তাল পিপি, জল পিপি
  • Gujarati:
    કાળો જળમાંજાર
  • Hindi:
    कटोई, पीपी
  • Malayalam:
    നാടൻ താമരക്കോഴി
  • Marathi:
    सोनेरी पंखाचा कमळपक्षी, पाणपिपुली, डिंगची
  • Nepali:
  • Tamil:
    தாமிர இறக்கை இலைக்கோழி
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Metopidius indicus

Quick Facts
  • It's toes and claws are very long, almost the size of its legs. This enables its wieght to be distributed, enabling it to walk on floating vegetation.