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Rails, bitterns, shorebirds, and herons are the species that we most often associate with wading. In most cases it's fairly easy to get to the right group by focusing on structure and size. These are somewhat less helpful here since we can't see the head or the legs.
But we can see that the bird is mostly brownish above (with most of the mantle and wings showing cinnamon edging to the feathers) and white below. The bird also seems to have a conspicuous black line that runs up onto the sides of the neck.
The black line running up the side of the neck may recall a Wilson's Phalarope, but this feature is only shown by breeding plumage females, which also have a rich chestnut and gray pattern to the upperparts.
The uniform edging to the upperparts is very suggestive of a juvenile bird . . . and there is one species that in juvenile plumage matches perfectly-Northern Jacana.
This Northern Jacana was photographed north of Veracruz, in the state of Veracruz, Mexico in September 2006.
The following people (listed by submission date beginning with the earliest) submitted correct answers for the October Bird Photo Quiz—Northern Jacana:
The following list shows the number of submissions for each species guessed.
The photo and answer for this quiz were supplied by Chris Wood.