Family: JACANIDAE (Stejneger 1885) JACANIDAE FAMILY SUMMARY

Eight species. Jacanas are closely related to painted-snipes and are commonly placed in a superfamily with them called Jacanoidea (Chenu & des Muirs, 1854 (1840)).

Lesser Jacana Microparra capensis (Smith 1839)
African Jacana Actophilornis africanus (Gmelin 1789)
Madagascar Jacana A. albinucha (Saint-Hilaire 1832)
Comb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea (Temminck 1828)

I. g. gallinacea (Temminck 1820)
I. g. novaeguinae (Ramsay 1879) 
I. g. novaehollandiae (Salvadori 1882)

Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus (Scopoli 1786)
Bronze-winged Jacana Metopidius indicus (Latham 1790)
Northern Jacana Jacana spinosa (Linnaeus 1758)

J. s. spinosa (Linnaeus 1758)
J. s. gymnostoma (Wagler 1831)
J. s. violacea (Cory 1881)

 Wattled Jacana J. jacana (Linnaeus 1766)

J. j. hypomelaena (Gray, G. 1846)
J. j. melanopygia (Sclater, P.1857)
J. j. intermedia (Sclater, P.1857)
J. j. jacana (Linnaeus 1766)
J. j. scapularis (Chapman 1922)
J. j. peruviana (Zimmer 1930)

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AFRICAN JACANA – Least Concern
Jacanas
BRONZE-WINGED JACANA – Least Concern
Jacanas
COMB-CRESTED JACANA – Least Concern
LESSER JACANA – Least Concern
Jacanas
MADAGASCAR JACANA – Near Threatened
Jacanas
NORTHERN JACANA – Least Concern
Jacanas
PHEASANT-TAILED JACANA – Least Concern
Jacanas
WATTLED JACANA – Least Concern