Comb-crested Jacana (species: Irediparra gallinacea) in Scheyville NP (Gaia Guide)
Irediparra gallinacea
Comb-crested Jacana

©John Hill: Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea)

©Werner Witte: Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea)

©Donald Hobern: Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Jacanidae
Genus Irediparra
Species Irediparra gallinacea
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has a black crown and hindneck with a fleshy red wattle covering the forehead and forecrown, contrasting with a white face and throat. There is a broad black band on the lower breast with white belly. Underwing black. Back and upperwing mainly grey-brown with black primary coverts, rump and tail. Long legs with extremely long toes. The male is slightly smaller than the female. (Wikipedia)


  • From 20 cm to 27 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Adults


  • From 39 cm to 46 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It occurs in southeastern Borneo, the southern Philippines, Sulawesi, Moluccas, Lesser Sunda Islands, New Guinea, New Britain, and northern and eastern Australia. Its habitat is freshwater wetlands with abundant floating vegetation, such as water-lilies or water hyacinth, forming a mat on the water surface. (Wikipedia)


It eats seeds and aquatic insects gleaned from floating vegetation or the water surface. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.