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Pinola’s First African Jacana Clutch!

African jacana also present a unique and fascinating breeding situation. African jacana are polygamous but in a break from the norm, it is the female who keeps a harem of males, known as polyandry. Female jacana are larger than the males and will fiercely defend their group of males from other female or unwanted male jacana. It is the males who are solely responsible for incubation and chick rearing. The male jacana have adapted some remarkable characteristics, including being able to pick up egg/chicks underneath their wings and carry them to safety. This clutch of four eggs here at the Aviary is our first ever. Stay tuned as we hope to update you with chicks in the near future.

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