The male jacana chosen to parent the chicks, called the receiver, is a devoted father. He will construct a floating nest by uprooting aquatic plants and stamping or shoving them together to create a dense and tough platform. He may create several of these nests at several different sites before the female is satisfied with one. After she has laid the eggs, parenting falls almost entirely on him; the female may shade the eggs from strong sunlight, defend the nest from predators, or incubate the eggs if the male is having a hard time finding food, but otherwise she is uninvolved. Incubating the eggs is the male’s responsibility; he will even move the eggs to a different site if he feels the nest is unsafe.
After the chicks are born, they rarely leave their father’s side; he will guide them to food, keep them warm, and violently chase rivals away. The male African jacana (last three images) goes one step further; should danger present itself, the male can literally tuck his chicks under his wings and carry them away.
Imagine if a chicken found an abandoned nest of Tyrannosaurus rex eggs, sat on them, and hatched them. The three fluffy peeps follow her around and love their momma, they just keep growing and she insists on trying to sit on them anyways. Then they’re all grown up and protect her from predators and she eats their prey with them, but still finds them little beetles to eat and they do. Every night she roosts on one of their backs and does the bedtime singing that hens do, they copy her. They respect her too, when she gets after them they listen. A happy family.