Genus METOPIDIUS

Head small; bill moderately long, straight, compressed, culmen curved at the tip ; a lappet at the base of the bill, resting against the forehead and rounded behind ; tail short; wing with a small tubercular spur at the bend ; 1st and 2nd quills longest; middle toe without the claw longer than tarsus, hind claw excessively long ; tarsus transversely shielded before and behind.

There is no distinct breeding-plumage, but the garb of the young differs widely from that of the adult, which appears to be assumed by a moult in the spring «when the bird is a year (or according to some two years) old.

A single species. Many naturalists place the African and Madagascar Jacanas in the same genus as the Indian, and it is extremely questionable whether either the Ethiopian or the South-American forms (Parra jacana and its allies) are entitled to generic separation, their differences being of a trivial character.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Genus METOPIDIUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
218
M_ID: 
4151
M_SN: 
Metopidius
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2052

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