Scientific Name: Hydrophasianus chirurgus
Malay Name: Burung-Teratai Ekor Panjang
Chinese Name: 水雉
Range: Found from Indian subcontinent, China, Indochina, Philippines to Borneo and winter to Thai-Malay Peninsula, Indonesia and Northern Australia
Size: 29-31.5 cm
Identification: Non-breeding adult has drab brown upperparts, white underparts, short tail, yellow-buff supercilium/neck-side, dark crown and black eyestripe that leads to breast-band. Breeding adult has mostly blackish-brown body, white head/foreneck, yellow-buff hindneck, long black tail and mostly white wings. Juvenile resembles non-breeding adult but has rufous-chestnut crown and weaker/brownish breast band.
Habitat: Well-vegetated freshwater marshes and less suitable habitats on passage like mangroves, ponds, lakes and reservoirs.
Behaviour/Ecology: It is the male that take care for the young.
Local Status: Rare migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
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Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Pheasant-tailed Jacana)
BirdLife International. (2016). Hydrophasianus chirurgus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22693543A93411790.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Pheasant-tailed Jacana. Retrieved on June 4, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/pheasant-tailed-jacana.