As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 18 February 2019

This Mighty Bird Deserves a Medal For Being Dad of The Year

2 FEB 2019
The photo above is not depicting some ten-legged mutant bird as some of our Instagram commenters have suggested. It's also not one of those hilarious birds with arms memes.
He's just one brave daddy bird hauling his four chicklings to safety.
Comb-crested Jacanas (Irediparra gallinacea) are also known as lillytrotters or Jesus-birds for their ability to seemingly walk across water. Their gangly legs end in long twiggy-toes, splayed wide to distribute their weight across the surface of lily pads and the other floating plants they walk on.
This allows the water plants to keep these 20 to 27 centimetre (8 to 11 inch) birds afloat as they dart across the surface of their wetland habitats.
Here, they search for their favourite foods, mostly freshwater invertebrates such as aquatic moth larvae, and aquatic plant seeds, particularly lily seeds.
Sally Corte from Queensland, Australia captured the jacana pictured in the cover and in the image below, as it was displaying this species' unique parenting behaviour.

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