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comb-crested jacana or "lotusbird," Irediparra gallinacea

inh odnd anggulangg
minha mayi pekala
in Uw Oykangand and Uw Olkola
in Pakanh

Comb-crested jacana

The comb-crested jacana, Irediparra gallinacea (family Jacanidae), is common wherever there are lilypads in Cape York: in estuaries, marshes, waterholes and slow-moving rivers. It walks on the top of the lily pads in search of aquatic insects.

The Pakanh name for this bird comes from the name of a type of waterlily, mayi pekala, Nympoides hydrocharoides.

e-mail: Philip Hamilton.