Jacanas are water birds characterized by their striking plumage and extremely long toes and claws, which enable them to walk with ease on floating vegetation and on the leaves of water lilies. (They are sometimes called “lily-trotters”.) They forage while stalking from leaf to leaf, occasionally jumping over a patch of open water with the help of a flick of the wings. Jacanas are sedentary birds, without any well-defined migrations. Like other birds dependent upon water, however, they are obliged to wander if their pond or marsh dries up. They walk on lily leaves and floating vegetation with a high stepping gait and jerking tail. Quick darts of the beak are made for insects, or picking up seeds. They poke under the water’s surface for crustacea or small snails, and often turn over the edge of a lily leaf to examine the underside. Bees are always dipped in water before being swallowed.