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Jacanas have incredibly long toes and claws. They evolved with these slender feet to help them better adapt to their aquatic environment. The super-long toes spread the bird’s weight over a large area, around 12 by 20 centimetres (5 by 8 inches). This allows them to easily walk across floating vegetation to search for food, or build nests. Its alternative nickname of ‘lily-trotter’ is a very apt description. Jacanas are able to swim, and may plunge below the surface especially to escape a predator

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