Scientific Name:

Actophilornis albinucha

(I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 1832 ‘Parra albinucha’)
Actophilornis – Greek; akte riverbank, coastal strand; philos loving (phileo to love); ornis bird.
albinucha – Latin albus – white; Medieval Latin nucha – nape

Alternative English names: Malagasy Jacana.

French names: Jacana à nuque blanche, Jacana malgache

Malagasy names: Fandionga, Piritry, Tsikai.

Madagascar Jacana


Madagascar Jacana Fact File

Distribution: Madagascar – Endemic

Conservation Status: Near Threatened

Subspecies: None – Monotypic

Further Reading: The World’s Wattled Waders

Current conservation efforts





With thanks to the following photographers: Laval Roy

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