The bronze-winged jacana (Metopidius indicus) is a jacana. It is the only member of the genus Metopidius. The jacanas are a group of waders in the family Charadriidae, which are identifiable by their huge feet and claws which enable them to walk on floating vegetation in the shallow lakes that are their preferred habitat. They are found worldwide within the tropical zone. For the origin and pronunciation of the name, see Jacana.

The bronze-winged jacana breeds in India and southeast Asia. It is sedentary apart from seasonal dispersion. It lays four black-marked brown eggs in a floating nest. The males, as in some other wader families like the phalaropes, take responsibility for incubation.



These are conspicuous and unmistakable birds. They are 29 cm (11 in) long, but the females are larger than the males. They are mainly black, although the inner wings are very dark brown and the tail is red. There is a striking white eyestripe. The yellow bill extends up as a red coot-like frontal shield, and the legs and very long toes are grey.

Young birds have brown upperparts. Their underparts are white, with a buff foreneck.

The bronze-winged jacana's feeds on insects and other invertebrates picked from the floating vegetation or the water's surface.

Call is a wheezy piping seek-seek-seek given mostly in alarm.



When forced they sometimes choose to hide by submerging themselves. The male may carry chicks between the wings and body.

Measurements (from Rasmussen and Anderton, 2005) Length 280–310 mm

Wing 150–197 mm (males 150-180mm, females 167–187 mm)

Bill from tip to top of frontal shield 34–46 mm (adults) 32-38 (juveniles)

Tarsus 61–76 mm

Tail 40–52 mm
Bronze-winged Jacana
Date Location Count
2020-11-15 14:50Tarakpur Dam5
2020-11-22 12:57Gobarapura Reservoir7
2020-11-19 16:19Juni Akhol3
2020-11-24 17:06Limbasi-Vastana Rd6
2020-11-14 14:09Narda Wetland1
2020-11-22 14:42Pariej Lake1
2020-11-15 08:20Gaviyer Lake2
2020-11-19 06:50Viva wetlands, Virar2
2020-11-15 17:00Godzilla Park Lake, Mumbai, Maharashtra4
2020-11-22 11:14Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay1
2020-11-06 17:45Harni Tank6
2020-11-15 07:35JNPT Area, Near Uran, Maharashtra3
2020-11-15 17:00Timbi Lake
2020-11-06 07:20Kopar Wetlands- Juni Dombivli - Ganesh Ghat1
2020-11-20 15:33Nilje Lake,9
2020-11-24 17:50Ballakeshwar Lake (Panvel Pond)6
2020-11-22 07:03Vadhavana Lake, Dabhoi2
2020-11-18 11:30Pat Talav (Lake), Malvan3
2020-11-22 11:32Pilerne Lake5
2020-11-15 17:40Santa Cruz Wetlands, Panaji1
2020-11-08 10:55Batim Lake6
2020-11-05 07:00Benaulim Wetlands2
2020-11-12 07:28Durga Lake & Surounding Chinchinim4
2020-11-17 09:30Maina-Raia Wetlands15
2020-11-24 07:15Rankala Lake, Kolhapur2
2020-11-22 08:24Malyadi lake, Kundapura7
2020-11-22 06:59Gujjarbettu Paddyfields1
2020-11-23 06:42Barkur Wetlands -- Saasthana10
2020-11-22 08:00Barkur Wetlands
2020-11-01 11:20Yeshwant Sagar2
2020-11-12 17:00Navaloor Lake2
2020-11-15 08:00Kenjar Wetlands, Mangalore1
2020-11-07 08:55Kanva Theertha,Manjeshwar.2
2020-11-25 12:39Anekere Lake, Karkal, karnataka4
2020-11-08 10:30Baroda Daulat Village Pond2
2020-11-25 08:42Chemmattamvayal15
2020-10-29 17:27Kuniyan Wetlands1
2020-11-11 09:59Chempallikundu2
2020-11-10 11:41Cheruthazham Vayal3
2020-11-24 06:20Kattampally1
2020-11-09 07:51Basai Wetland1
2020-11-16 07:34Sarovaram Biopark, Kottoooli2
2020-10-30 06:15Periyapatna2
2020-11-19 16:32Periyapattana Chikere ಪಿರಿಯಾಪಟ್ಟಣ ಚಿಕ್ಕೆರೆ2
2020-10-31 08:45Surajpur Wetlands2
2020-11-15 07:30Kole Wetlands--Maranchery1
2020-11-18 09:24Bharatpur--Keoladeo Ghana NP6
2020-11-05 17:55Naranippuzha Bridge1
2020-11-25 09:14Kole Wetlands--Uppungal (Malappuram)4
2020-10-28 14:54Kole Wetland--Cheravalloor2
2020-11-15 07:02Kole Wetlands--Uppungal 11
2020-11-02 09:34Punnayoor (South)5
2020-11-16 15:05Dhanauri Wetlands -- Dhanauri Kalan East
2020-11-22 08:00Dhanauri Wetlands4
2020-11-01 07:30Pattikkayal , Thrithala4
2020-11-15 16:00Van Vihar NP2
2020-11-09 13:55Ramsagar Wildlife Sanctuary10
2020-11-14 10:00Puliyappatta kayal, Koottanad4
2020-11-05 16:30Kole Wetlands--Alapad2
2020-11-05 12:39Kole Wetands --Chenam2
2020-11-15 07:43Kole Wetlands--Palakkal1
2020-11-08 07:50Jodhpur Jhal Bird Sanctuary2
2020-11-19 07:30Kole Wetlands--Kondhipulam I4
2020-10-30 09:22Kole wetlands - Thommana2
2020-11-08 08:28Haiderpur Wetlands -- Muzaffarnagar Zone6
2020-11-18 13:00Haiderpur Wetlands and Ganga Barrage1
2020-11-23 16:00Aluva--Elookkara(Madirath Padam)1
2020-11-21 16:30Changaram Wetlands -- Ezhupunna1
2020-11-10 07:50Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary1
2020-11-01 16:00Elanji Padam, Areeparambu - Cherthala1
2020-11-07 07:35Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary3
2020-10-31 16:18Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve1
2020-10-29 07:16Kottayam--Kaippuzhamuttu Cheepunkal Wetlands4
2020-11-09 08:40Markonahalli Reservoir1
2020-11-24 10:04Sheikha Jheel (IBA IN-UP-21)12
2020-10-26 18:15NTPC Ground3
2020-11-06 07:40Yadavani, Tumkur Dt2
2020-11-01 19:27Kottayam--Erayilkadavu Bypass Road2
2020-11-20 11:37Channanikadu2
2020-11-08 12:161st river feeding Malampuzha dam, Kava2
2020-11-08 07:22Nagla Kanch , Rati Ka Nagla Wetland23
2020-11-22 06:44Kuttanad Wetlands--Vallomkadavu2
2020-11-21 07:45Kuttanad Wetlands--Ayikkara Mukku-Vaniyamkadavu5
2020-11-12 12:49kunigal chikkere2
2020-11-21 10:09Thattekkad--Dormitory1
2020-11-24 08:15Kanjikode V.V. College Area3
2020-11-15 08:04Patna Pakshi Vihar (Pundhir Bird sanctuary) Etah23
2020-11-01 07:41Paehathuruthu Nallepilly1
2020-11-11 09:43Chulliyar Reservoir4
2020-11-19 07:37Valara Kulam2
2020-11-21 06:59Karingali Puncha, Pandalam2
2020-11-23 15:55Krishnampathi Lake, Seeranaickenpalayam6
2020-11-15 08:58Polachira2
2020-11-22 12:10Singanallur Lake, Coimbatore1
2020-11-01 06:30Thippagondanahalli (TG Halli) Reservoir1
2020-11-23 16:23Chambal Safari Lodge2
2020-10-30 08:00Ananthagiri Hills, Vikarabad3
2020-11-06 07:32Akkulam Lake Thiruvananthapuram1
2020-11-16 10:44Mallathahalli Lake1
2020-11-21 06:45Mavathur Kere, Kanakapura1
2020-11-21 15:31Hosakerehalli Lake1
2020-11-12 06:30Doddabommasandra Kere1
2020-11-25 07:00Manjeera Wildlife Sanctuary2
2020-11-10 16:45Puttenahalli Kere, Yelahanka8
2020-11-07 07:11Yelahanka Kere5
2020-11-23 07:26Avalahalli Lake -- adjoining areas2
2020-11-24 06:16Vellayani--Punchakkari Paddy Fields6
2020-11-01 09:15Amruthahalli Lake1
2020-10-28 17:33Jakkur Kere1
2020-11-20 07:30Aruvikkara Reservoir2
2020-11-22 08:00Dodda Begur Kere4
2020-11-06 17:25Agara Kere (HSR Layout)2
2020-11-15 08:00Kalkere Lake2
2020-11-12 11:23Bellandur Kere1
2020-11-12 21:55Kaikondrahalli Kere / Kaikondanahalli Kere1
2020-11-18 06:37Saul Kere / Sowl Kere1
2020-11-22 09:03Doddanekundi Kere4
2020-11-16 11:56Anekal Dodda Kere2
2020-11-14 15:34Yellamallappa Chetty (Yele Mallappa Shetty) Kere6
2020-11-14 15:44Muthanallur Kere
2020-11-21 15:00Hoskote / Hosakote Kere4
2020-11-25 07:53Sarus Crane Wetlands Saifai near Kirthua2
2020-11-07 17:00Osman Sagar Lake2
2020-11-11 17:00Ameenpur Lake, Hyderabad4
2020-11-19 17:18Madinaguda Lake4
2020-11-22 08:30Ramanaicken Lake, Hosur1
2020-11-23 07:00Baur Reservoir, Haldwani8
2020-11-21 06:53Sanjeevaiah Park, Hyderabad1
2020-11-11 06:38Manikaputhery Lake6
2020-11-08 13:00Kaddam Project Dam, Pandwapur, Telangana2
2020-11-10 07:24Ambazari Lake--Backwaters, Nagpur2
2020-11-24 06:30Gorewada Lake, Nagpur4
2020-10-30 13:45Ambazari Lake, Nagpur3
2020-11-08 11:57KORADI3
2020-11-12 12:15Tadoba -- Erai Dam3
2020-11-02 12:15Moharli, Chandrapur3
2020-11-08 08:30Moharli Gate9
2020-11-06 11:08Sandi Pakshi Vihar (Sandi Bird Sanctuary)4
2020-11-23 09:07Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary -- Sanctuary Proper5
2020-11-22 14:40Malookpur Wetland4
2020-11-19 09:07Ram Nagar Swamps, Madipakkam2
2020-11-05 14:47Livestock Farm Complex Madhavaram2
2020-11-15 08:30Pallikaranai Marsh-- Southern end (பள்ளிக்கரணை சதுப்பு நிலம் - தெற்கு முடிவு)1
2020-11-25 08:47Sholinganallur/Perumbakkam Marshlands1
2020-11-11 07:07Rajiv Smriti Van1
2020-11-05 11:51Bangoli Water Dam3
2020-11-20 16:00Kopra Dam1
2020-11-15 09:08Meghadrigedda Reservoir9
2020-10-31 10:30Pokhara - Phewa Lakeside10
2020-11-01 08:41Podugupalem Lake2
2020-11-22 14:17Mangalajodi Wetlands1
2020-11-21 08:07Anshupa Lake9
2020-11-19 08:00Mundali6
2020-11-11 15:00Ekamra Kanan, Bhubaneshwar1
2020-11-05 06:54Dhauligiri3
2020-11-08 16:32Saheb Bandh2
2020-11-12 08:54Koshi Barrage4
2020-11-07 07:57Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve6
2020-11-09 07:09Mukutmanipur13
2020-11-06 06:38T M Bhagalpur University Campus4
2020-11-12 07:00North Odisha University4
2020-10-30 15:15Kankabati PM2
2020-11-24 15:00Bandhi PM
2020-11-05 18:32LALBANDH1
2020-11-08 07:05Adina Deer Park10
2020-11-08 06:00Chumarigacha20
2020-11-20 07:42Gouripur Beel1
2020-11-14 15:25Mehedipur bypass1
2020-11-22 15:15Binpara3
2020-11-21 15:31Kadkhali2
2020-10-30 10:43Rampara1
2020-11-07 07:30Land for Tata Project, Singur2
2020-11-03 05:50Bhandardaha Bill4
2020-11-24 07:25Diara6
2020-11-18 10:30Purbasthali Bird Sanctuary PUB9
2020-11-11 05:48Sundoriya Bill5
2020-11-08 07:28Boshipota1
2020-11-22 07:06Baidyabati DVC Canal12
2020-11-07 06:30Mankundu2
2020-11-08 06:42Shyamkhola Birding Place1
2020-11-24 15:10Baruipur Marshes7
2020-11-10 06:32Sahapur4
2020-11-19 12:25Kulia Jhill2
2020-11-22 07:05Rajarhat Wetlands Proposed Silicon Valley Land4
2020-11-25 07:00Rajarhat Wetlands I2
2020-11-08 15:29Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata1
2020-11-14 09:30Jahangirnagar University (Dhaka)4
2020-11-23 14:14New Vision Eco City (Dhaka)3
2020-11-23 15:45Arakul (Dhaka)2
2020-11-18 15:18Purbachal - Turag River (Dhaka)10
2020-11-07 16:00Chandubi Lake, Kamrup, Assam7
2020-11-12 15:40Gauhati University Campus2
2020-11-21 13:10Baikka Beel Wetland Sanctuary2
2020-11-09 08:35Amchang WLS2
2020-11-20 06:20Bor Sola Beel (Wetland)25
2020-11-25 13:30Missamari Beel10
2020-11-18 06:00Maguri Beel
2020-11-22 07:15Hlawga Park1
2020-11-14 06:30Yangon--Inya Lake1
2020-11-22 05:51Inya Lake Hotel2
2020-11-03 07:27Bor Rae Pond1
2020-11-15 06:39The Legacy River Kwai Resort headquarters3
2020-10-29 12:10Bang Khaem aquaculture ponds4
2020-11-19 06:05Bueng Boraped Non-hunting Area (general area)5
2020-11-13 16:31Kasetsart University [Bang Khen Campus]--paddies in the northern part1
2020-11-25 09:20Lat Krabang--Thap Yao paddies & aquaculture ponds7
2020-11-16 08:24Bung Nam Rak--Hwy. 3002 paddies and reedbeds2
2020-10-27 07:13Na Pradu wetlands (general area)1
2020-11-07 07:15Chuping Sugar Cane Plantation5
2020-11-12 07:24Pak Phli--Tha Ruea paddies15
2020-10-29 09:56Hat Yai WTP10
2020-11-08 12:56Pang Rad--Recreation Area2
2020-11-13 08:23Kut Khao
2020-11-19 09:43Kaeng Lawa3
2020-11-07 10:35Nong Bo
2020-11-08 10:15Nong Bua