Para= a, bird of ill-omen; supposed to be the Wheatear.
Size moderate. General aspect that of a Rail, but more plump in form. Four toes, all greatly lengthened, with long straight claws, that of hind toe longest. Wings spurred.
Jacanas, as called in America, are found in the warmer parts of Asia, Africa, and America. They walk or run easily over the plants that float on the water. Not distantly removed from Ostriches and Cassowaries, they also resemble Megapodius. Sexes alike, but the fact of females being much larger than males militates against their association with Plovers. The genus Jacana is restricted to America.
With no frontal shield or lappet. Primaries attenuated.