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The lesser jacana (Microparra capensis) is a species of bird in the Jacanidae family. It is monotypic within the genus Microparra.[2]

Lesser jacana
Lesser Jacana, Microparra capensis, Chobe River, Botswana.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Jacanidae
Genus: Microparra
Cabanis, 1877
M. capensis
Binomial name
Microparra capensis
(Smith, 1839)

It is found in Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.[1] Its primary habitats are coastal and inland wetlands and waterways.[3]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Microparra capensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ "ITIS Report: Microparra". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Microparra capensis". International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 September 2014.

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