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
2021-06-27 09:10Pond near Shela1
2021-06-26 06:27Rohni8
2021-07-19 19:06GEB Ash Pond, Pethapur2
2021-07-09 08:50Pariej Lake1
2021-06-27 05:50Kheda (OBI)8
2021-07-03 06:51Vishal's birding ditch2
2021-07-20 08:52Steneshwar Mahadev Temple, Tena1
2021-07-11 16:11Gaviyer Lake5
2021-07-11 09:45Kalai Lake3
2021-07-10 07:30Kalai Beach5
2021-07-24 07:59Viva wetlands, Virar5
2021-06-29 17:38Godzilla Park Lake, Mumbai, Maharashtra3
2021-07-25 08:07Lokhandwala Lake--Mangroves1
2021-07-21 07:34Timbi Lake5
2021-07-12 08:00Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay1
2021-07-04 08:00Mothi Desai Village Park (Padle)2
2021-07-10 16:13Fateh Sagar Lake3
2021-07-11 07:34Nilje Lake,5
2021-07-11 07:24Jogi Talaab2
2021-06-27 10:25Sector 25, Kharghar1
2021-07-17 18:00Kachore Pond, Kalyan3
2021-07-10 07:20Gandhari Forest Land2
2021-07-18 15:11Saguna Baug, Neral1
2021-07-04 16:30Kelaginakeri Wetlands and Paddyfields4
2021-06-29 08:20Yeshwant Sagar2
2021-07-22 06:45Lake View1
2021-07-01 06:46Sirpur Lake2
2021-06-27Kaankere1
2021-06-26 12:12Baroda Daulat Village Pond2
2021-07-17 17:27Pimprisekam-River Bhogawati1
2021-07-22 08:55Kenjar Wetlands, Mangalore1
2021-07-11 08:30Manjalpaade, Mangalore1
2021-07-09 05:15Basai Wetland1
2021-07-08 06:19Kanhangad Railway Station2
2021-07-05 09:05Chemmattamvayal1
2021-07-07 18:40Udinur Vayal4
2021-07-08 09:32Kuniyan Wetland-Main1
2021-07-04 07:02Kondajji Kere2
2021-07-23 07:53Bharatpur--Malah Road Marsh4
2021-06-26 09:27Bharatpur--Keoladeo Ghana NP4
2021-07-11 07:20Bharatpur--Keoladeo Ghana NP--Sapan Mori2
2021-07-18 11:15Dhanauri Wetlands -- Dhanauri Kalan East1
2021-06-30 16:40Dhanauri Wetlands3
2021-07-22 08:30Van Vihar NP2
2021-07-10 07:19Jodhpur Jhal Bird Sanctuary4
2021-07-02 09:30Sarovaram Biopark, Kottoooli2
2021-07-25 07:46Bukkasagara Bridge, Hampi ಬುಕ್ಕಸಾಗರ ಸೇತುವೆ, ಹಂಪಿ1
2021-07-21 06:30Haiderpur Wetlands and Bijnor Barrage5
2021-07-22 07:22Sheikha Jheel (IBA IN-UP-21)6
2021-07-06 16:43Pullu Paddy Fields1
2021-06-26 16:22Lingambudhi Kere--Main Entrance. ಲಿಂಗಾಂಬುಧಿ ಮುಖ್ಯ ದ್ವಾರ2
2021-07-11 07:30Papnash Lake Forest ಪಾಪನಾಶ ಕೆರೆ ಅರಣ್ಯ1
2021-07-24 16:42Karanji Kere ಕಾರಂಜಿ ಕೆರೆ2
2021-07-11 16:14Kamana kere hundi (Kesare Doddakere) Mysore City Bird Atlas 10B ಕಾಮನಕೆರೆ ಹುಂಡಿ2
2021-06-30 06:48Aluva--Elookkara(Madirath Padam)1
2021-07-11 08:02Gendehosalli Islands, Srirangapatna2
2021-07-07 16:31Ukkalagere kere1
2021-06-28 17:00Kuttanad Wetlands--Ezhumaanthuruthu2
2021-07-24 11:30Kuttanadu Wetlands--Kallara--Paravanthuruthu2
2021-07-15 13:06Paddy fields near Ilayabhagavathy temple, Kanjikode, Kerala, IN1
2021-07-23 11:00Kanjikode V.V. College Area5
2021-07-21 10:50Kuzhithadam Paddy Fields, Parackal Kadavu2
2021-07-21 07:00Meenkara Reservoir.13
2021-07-04 07:00Vellanathuruthu3
2021-07-25 06:57Krishnampathi Lake, Seeranaickenpalayam3
2021-07-18 06:22Karingali Puncha, Pandalam4
2021-07-10 18:48Manjeera Wildlife Sanctuary1
2021-07-01 17:41Krisshna Lake13
2021-06-26 06:25Baur Reservoir, Haldwani2
2021-07-18 08:50Kommaghatta Lake4
2021-06-30 08:29Ullal Kere7
2021-07-04 16:45Mallathahalli Kere4
2021-07-04 07:00Bangalore University Campus1
2021-07-05 16:09Hosakerehalli Lake2
2021-07-18 10:45Puttenahalli Kere, Yelahanka2
2021-06-27 14:30Mallasandra, Bangalore1
2021-07-25 06:38Yelahanka Kere7
2021-07-14 06:50Hebbal Kere2
2021-07-09 08:00Amruthahalli Lake2
2021-07-23 18:14Palanahalli Kere1
2021-07-24 07:14Kogilu Kere1
2021-07-18 09:00Puttenhalli Kere (Puttakere)2
2021-07-21 14:40Indian Veterinary Research Institute Bareilly1
2021-07-22 06:50Hulimavu Kere1
2021-07-03 06:50Madivala Kere2
2021-07-21 13:09Mantapa Kere1
2021-07-04 06:30Ameenpur Lake, Hyderabad2
2021-07-11 07:15Chelekere Lake4
2021-07-24 16:14Dodda Begur Kere10
2021-07-11 06:55Kalkere Lake3
2021-06-29 09:00Madinaguda Lake1
2021-07-25 06:40Hulimangala Lake4
2021-07-21 07:08Jigani Kere2
2021-07-12 07:40Chikkatogur Lake4
2021-07-08 06:49Doddanekundi Kere1
2021-07-10 06:50Bettakote Lake2
2021-07-14 15:48Haragadde Kere1
2021-07-24 07:50Saul Kere / Sowl Kere1
2021-07-03 07:49Hennagara Lake2
2021-07-04 18:47Yellamallappa Chetty (Yele Mallappa Shetty) Kere--North1
2021-07-04 06:02Anekal Dodda Kere1
2021-07-24 12:15Muthanallur Kere2
2021-07-25 06:32Hoskote / Hosakote Kere6
2021-07-19 06:16Nehru Zoological Park2
2021-07-07 06:00Vellayani--Punchakkari Paddy Fields9
2021-06-27 06:47Ambazari Lake--Backwaters, Nagpur4
2021-07-16 17:04Gorewada Lake, Nagpur3
2021-06-27 07:30Pench National Park--Chorbahuli Gate2
2021-07-11 12:45Keezhamanakkudi salt pan3
2021-06-26 10:30Sonewani Wildlife Sanctuary1
2021-07-10 05:30Gangaghat -- Katarilodhwakhera4
2021-07-17 07:00Bandhtalao, Gondiya2
2021-06-28 11:59Bamni Banjar (OBI)7
2021-07-22 07:58Zilmili Lake3
2021-07-17 15:36Gomti Bridge on IIM Road, Lucknow2
2021-07-10 07:15Springdale lake, Karakambadi road, Tirupati2
2021-06-26 09:05Ozhandhai Lake (உழந்தை ஏரி)3
2021-07-18 07:47Thandurai lake12
2021-06-30 15:45Kotturu Tadepalli Lake 2
2021-07-18 07:30Korattur Lake8
2021-07-19 16:46Annakkili Amma Research Institute--(Restricted access)4
2021-07-10 17:36Pallikaranai Marsh (பள்ளிக்கரணை சதுப்பு நிலம்)2
2021-07-16 10:55Pallikaranai Marsh-- Southern end (பள்ளிக்கரணை சதுப்பு நிலம் - தெற்கு முடிவு)2
2021-07-18 09:04Sholinganallur/Perumbakkam Marshlands2
2021-07-07 08:20Santra Tank, Matang, Chhattisgarh, IN (21.052, 81.462)9
2021-07-25 06:11LIG 1219 Sector-8 Saddu, Raipur Chhattisgarh2
2021-07-05 05:25Chhattisgarh Science Centre --Raipur2
2021-07-25 07:35Mandhar Talaab3
2021-07-09 16:34Kori Dam, Kota, Bilaspur2
2021-06-27 10:00Kondakarla Ava23
2021-07-18 10:00Chitwan National Park - Headquarters4
2021-07-04 06:50Podugupalem Lake2
2021-07-18 06:39Kapuluppada lake8
2021-07-16 07:05Right Dyke Road2
2021-07-14 16:34Chitwan National Park - Tikauli Jungle3
2021-07-07 12:48Chitwan National Park - Baghmara Buffer Zone2
2021-07-18 06:15Singhabaga7
2021-07-15 17:54Chitwan National Park - Sauraha Rapti River Dike2
2021-06-27 14:30Kanke Dam (Ranchi)12
2021-07-25 08:00Chilika Lake--Rambha2
2021-07-21 06:12North Odisha University2
2021-06-27 16:00Bandhi PM5
2021-07-15 06:30Bagnan_Rupnarayan River Front2
2021-07-18 07:00Mohishrekha, Bagnan6
2021-07-19 17:17Mehedipur bypass6
2021-07-21 16:50Sekedarpur Chorer Gaba5
2021-07-17 06:55Land for Tata Project, Singur15
2021-07-06 06:30Diara8
2021-07-11 06:12Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose National Botanic Gardens15
2021-07-03 06:30Sarkarpool Wetlands1
2021-07-15 06:30Altara Math - Mankundu - Hooghly1
2021-07-01 06:00Boshipota3
2021-07-19 06:00Baidyabati DVC Canal5
2021-07-22 16:50Shribhumi, Kolkata (OBI)2
2021-07-14 09:10Baruipur Marshes4
2021-07-18 07:50Baruipur Marshes2
2021-07-09 14:57Nalban Bheri2
2021-07-18 07:15Rajarhat Wetlands Proposed Silicon Valley Land1
2021-07-19 06:04Rajarhat Wetlands I3
2021-07-21 06:40Munia Zone (Rajarhat)1
2021-07-16 16:33Jahangirnagar University (Dhaka)1
2021-07-18 15:53New Vision Eco City (Dhaka)10
2021-07-16 07:05Diabari (Dhaka)1
2021-06-26 16:30Arakul (Dhaka)2
2021-07-09 09:01Aftab Nagar (Dhaka)2
2021-07-15 05:51Dora Beel (Wetland)2
2021-07-25 11:08Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati1
2021-07-19 06:25Grassland near hospital, IIT Guwahati3
2021-07-02 16:45Pha Mamuang Village1
2021-07-18 07:13Wat Neun Khra Ding1
2021-07-15 07:14Bo Kradan paddies2
2021-07-18 06:47Wang Phikun--Bueng Ee Thao1
2021-07-24 13:42Bang Khaem aquaculture ponds2
2021-07-18 17:47Bang Khu Wat paddies1
2021-07-08 10:41National Science Museum & vicinity3
2021-07-24 11:53Pathum Thani Rice Research Center3
2021-07-16 06:05Lat Krabang--Thap Yao paddies & aquaculture ponds4
2021-07-06 09:30Thale Noi Non-hunting Area--Ekachai Bridge (Chaloem Phra Kiat 80 Pansa Bridge)9
2021-07-03 06:35Vientiane--Nong Pen lake1
2021-06-29 10:03Sa Sisiat (Chonlaprathan Reservoir)
2021-07-03 09:47Huai Chorakhe Mak Reservoir Non-hunting Area (general area)5
2021-07-10 08:28Nong Bua1
2021-07-21 12:02Phaya Khan Khak & Phaya Naga Museums vicinity4
2021-07-12 12:12Huai Kalao2