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Amami IslandSatellite View
Best place for Lidth's Jay and Amami Woodcock
Eastern HokkaidoSatellite View
For Blakiston's Fish-Owl, Red-crowned Crane and Steller's Sea-Eagle.
Ferry between Hokkaido and HonshuSatellite View
Hakata BaySatellite View
For Black-faced Spoonbill and Saunder's Gull.
For White-naped, Hooded, Sandhill, Common and Siberian Cranes.
For summer migrants
Miyake IslandSatellite View
For Seven Island Thrush, Styan's Grasshopper Warbler and Ijima's Warbler.
For Okinawa Rail, Pryer's Woodpecker and Ryukyu Robin.
Number of bird species: 623
Green Pheasant Phasianus versicolor
Number of endemics: 14
(Not all authorities recognise the Serpent Eagle as a full species) Green Pheasant Phasianus versicolor Copper Pheasant Syrmaticus soemmerringii Japanese Woodpecker Picus awokera Okinawa Woodpecker Sapheopipo noguchii Japanese Scops Owl Otus semitorques Okinawa Rail Gallirallus okinawae Amami Woodcock Scolopax mira Ryu Kyu Serpent-eagle Spilornis (cheela) perplexus Lidth's Jay Garrulus lidthi Ryukyu Minivet Pericrocotus tegimae Ryukyu Robin Luscinia komadori Amami Thrush Zoothera major Izu Thrush Turdus celaenops Bonin Honeyeater Apalopteron familiare
(Birds which only breed in Japan) Japanese Yellow Bunting Emberiza sulphurata Short-tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus Matsudaira's Storm Petrel Oceanodroma matsudairae Japanese Night Heron Gorsachius goisagi Ijima's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus ijimae
* Field Guides & Bird SongFor a comprehensive list of recommended titles covering Asia as a whole - please see the Asia page of Fatbirder
283 Wild Bird Songs of Japan CDHideo Ueda 3 CD Set, Playing time: 186 minutes. Yama-Kei Publishers Co. Ltd. 1999
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550 Birds of Japan (2 Volume Set)M Kirihara, N Yamagata, T Yoshino and H Iozawa 700 pages, col photos. Bun'ichi Sogo Shuppan 2001
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A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East AsiaCraig Robson Hardcover - 504 pages ( 1 February, 2000) New Holland Publishers (UK)
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A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Japan and East AsiaTadao Shimba 400 pages, 800 col photos. Christopher Helm 2007
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Birds of Japan in PhotographsEdited by S Takano 492 pages, 641 col photos, 77 col illus. Tokai University Press 1981
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The Birds of JapanMark A. Brazil, Masayuki Yabuuchi (Illustrator) Hardcover - 448 pages (30 April, 1991) Christopher Helm
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The Songs and Calls of 333 Birds in Japan, Volume 1 CDVolume 1 - Non-Songbirds - Kabaya Tsuruhiko and Matsuda Michio Series: THE SONGS AND CALLS OF 333 BIRDS IN JAPAN 3 CDs (Audio). Shogakukan 1996
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The Songs and Calls of 333 Birds in Japan, Volume 2 CDVolume 2 Songbirds - Kabaya Tsuruhiko and Matsuda Michio Series: THE SONGS AND CALLS OF 333 BIRDS IN JAPAN 3 Audio CDs. Shogakukan 1996
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Wild Birds of JapanTakuya Kanouchi, Naoya Abe and Hideo Ueda 623 pages, col photos. Yama-Kei Publishers Co. Ltd. 1998
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Hawk Migration Network of JapanWebsite
Site in Japanese...
Japan Alcid SocietyWebsite
Includes a photogallery
Wild Bird Society of Japan - Kanagawa BranchWebsite
Wild Bird Society of Japan - Nagasaki BranchWebsite
Wild Bird Society of JapanWebsite
In Japanese. International Centre-WING, 2-35-2 Minamidaira, Hino City, Tokyo 191-0041. +81 425 email@example.com
WING (WBSJ International Center for the Nature of the Globe) was established as the center of nature conservation in March 1997. WING runs conservation projects not only in Japan but also in several places in east Asia. Secretariat of BirdLife Asia Council is also located in WING and coordinates BirdLife programs in Asia.
Wild Bird Society of MiyakoWebsite
Photos, reports etc...
Yatsu Higata Nature Observation CenterObservatory
Yatsu Higata is playing an important role as a stopover point for the migrating birds flying between the land of the North (Siberia) and the countries of the South (Australia and Southeast Asia). Yatsu Higata presents the people so many happy encounters with the summer-birds who come to nurse their babies, the winter-birds who fly in to winter and the traveler birds perching in spring and fall. (Damag due to the 2011 earthquake has now been repaired and the obs re-opened in April)
Abiko City Museum of Birdshttp://www.bird-mus.abiko.chiba.jp/english/eindx.html
Harmony among Birds and People...
Akan International Crane CenterWebsite
In Japanese - a page in English
Known as migratory birds travelling between Australia and Japan, Little Terns (Sterna albifrons) are facing extinction. Every spring, 300 to 500 birds migrate to one of Japan's largest surviving colonies located in Atsugi, Kanagawa.This colony is now seriously threatened by roadworks planned for the area.
Kaga-city Kamoike SanctuaryWebsite
This center was built to educate visitors and increase their sentiments to protect nature through being close to it. We should take pride in watching birds and animals around the water and the plants in this pond.Around this bird watching site, the center's members will kindly explain about birds. Inside the center, you can use telescopes, special exhibitions, books, materials, films and slides on nature. You can also use special program of sight by Modernized film. In the future, this center will help this area to become a wild bird's paradise.We hope to protect the birds and get on well together.
Koyaike ParkA pond occupies about half of the park, and viewing is possible during all four season. In addition to such sights as ducks, egrets, and whistler swans, in the winter visitors can also see tufted ducks.
Kushiro International Wetland CenterWebsite
Kushiro Shitsugen National ParkWebsite
Kushiro Shitsugen National Park in Hokkaido was established in 1987 and is Japan's most recently designated National Park. It was created in order to preserve the country's largest wetland and marsh habitat which supports the only known population of endangered Japanese Cranes in Japan...
Lake Akkeshi - Bekanbeushi MarshInformation
Lake Akkeshi is a shallow and brackish lake adjoining Akkeshi bay with a perimeter of 26 km. It is famed for its oyster and short-necked clam farming. At low tide several tidelands become exposed which provide good feeding grounds for waterfowl. For this reason, Japanese Crane breed here from spring to autumn whilst Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus; over ten species of wild geese, ducks, White-tailed Sea Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla and Steller's Sea Eagle H. pelagicus are to be found here from autumn to spring.
Lake Utonai Bird SanctuaryWebsite
In May, 1981, the Wild Bird Society of Japan designated Lake Utonai and its surrounding marshland covering 511 hectares as a Bird Sanctuary, the nation's first of its kind, for the purpose of preserving nature and the wildlife as well as propagating the drive. In the sanctuary, a Nature Center, an observation hut and Bird-watching paths are provided. Aiming at protecting Lake Utonai, including its surrounding marshland and waterfowl, the city and nature protection organizations are lobbing the sanctuary to be designated as a location registered with the Lamsar Treaty through the Environmental Agency and other Authorities concerned.
Osaka-Nankou Bird SanctuaryWebsite
Osaka Nankou Bird Sanctuary is in the northwest corner of Sakishima landfill with about 1,000 ha area in Osaka Bay. West side of the sanctuary faces the Osaka Bay through the sea bank...
Red-crowned Crane SanctuaryWebsite
This time we would like to introduce HARADA, Osamu, Chief Ranger of the Tsurui-Ito Red-Crowned Crane Sanctuary. Tsurui Village, Hokkaido, where Harada works, is well known as a feeding ground for Red-crowned cranes in winter. The red-crowned crane has been designated a special natural treasure of Japan. Harada is one of the leading activists striving to protect these precious birds. However, he does not focus on only the cranes. In order to protect the cranes, we must think about the whole environment in which they live. We had an interesting interview with HARADA about how he has been facing the present situation of the cranes and about the abundant nature of Hokkaido.
Syunkunitai Wild Bird SanctuaryWebsite
Syunkunitai is known as a important habitat for birds and a quite famous bird-watching area throughout Japan. Syunkunitai is a long and narow sandbank where has 8km in length and 1.3km in width. It is surrounded by the water and has various natural habitats as the stream, marsh, grassland and deciduous forest etc., therefore various species of birds, animals, insects and plants can live in here. About 250 species of birds have been recorded and endangered species as Red-crowned Cranes, White-tailed Eagles and Black Woodpeckers breed in Syunkunitai.
Tateyama Wild Bird SanctuarySatellite View
Due to its location in the center of the Japanese Archipelago, this area has long been used by migratory birds as a place to rest and gather food and water, for which reason it has been designated as a protected bird sanctuary...
Tokyo Port Wild Birds ParkInformation
This is a small bird sanctuary (27 hectares) of the Wild Bird Society of Japan in the highly developed harbour area between central Tokyo and Haneda airport. It consists actually of two small parks, separated by a road. The entrance is in the west park. This park contains two small freshwater ponds closely surrounded by small trees and shrubs. Via a footbridge over the road one reaches the eastern park: a small open complex of freshwater ponds and mud flats and a larger tidal basin. In the middle there is a nicely designed building for bird observation with lots of telescopes, a tiny library and friendly japanese guides. In March 97 reconstruction of the eastern park has begun.
Japan presently has 13 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, with a surface area of 84,089 hectares...
Yonago Waterbird SanctuaryWebsite
Yonago Waterbirds Sanctuary Companion Circle is a citizens organization which supports the activities of the Yonago Waterbirds Sanctuary... [Japanese only]
2005 [February] - Ed KeebleReport
...This extended trip was organised around two long-cherished ambitions- to see Steller’s Sea Eagle on the ice in Hokkaido and to see a drake Scaly-sided Merganser anywhere one could be found. The trip was successful on both scores and of course provided plenty of other entertainment besides...
2005 [February] - Richard & Erica KlimReport
...Most birders would have to sell their house to afford the cost of an organised birding tour to Japan. But trip reports by Björn Anderson and Dave Sargeant have demonstrated that independent birding trips to Japan are not difficult...
2006 [May] - Gary & Marlene Babic - Ryuku IslandsReport
It is possible to cover the birding sites for the endemic birds of Amami and Okinawa in only a few days, essentially following the directions in Brazil’s book. We did not see Amami Woodcock or “Amami Thrush”, or the Amami Black Rabbit – all of which have been reported to have been decimated by the introduction of mongoose on Amami to control the endemic Habu-Habu snake. The woodcock and thrush may still be “findable” but probably at another site. The other endemics were found in the expected locations...
2007 [May] - Barry Cooper & Gail MackiernanReport
This was our second seabird-oriented voyage on a commercial cruise ship, the m/s Statendam (Holland-America Lines). Our first (from Capetown to Valparaiso via Antarctica on the Royal Princess) was very successful and we learned that these large vessels offer many opportunities for the serious sea-birder. Not the least of which is a completely stable platform from which one can comfortably use one’s scopes, covered decks in wet weather, and a vast array of possible routes...
2008 [February] - Mark FinnReport
The Birdwatching Breaks to Japan was probably the most successful tour to date recording several rarities and scarce Japanese endemic species. Notable sightings included Short-tailed, Laysan and Black-footed Albatrosses off the Nagano to Tomakomai ferry, Lesser White-fronted and Middendorf's Bean Geese at Komatsu, drake Surf Scoter off Hokkaido and a wintering Forest Wagtail in Kyushu. In addition to this we again had incredible views of Blakiston Eagle (Fish) Owls, Red-crowned Cranes and White-tailed and Steller's Sea Eagles on Hokkaido...
2008 [January] - David ShackelfordReport
Bright vermilion torri gates marked the entrance of an indigenous Shinto shrine as our adventures travelling through the country of Japan in winter began with a cultural visit to the Grand Pagoda in the lively settlement of Narita. Even in the surrounding gardens we began finding out first Japanese endemics and specialties including the minute Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, active Japanese Wagtail, noisy Brown-eared Bulbul and one of our few sightings of the widespread Hawfinch...
2009 [March] - Keith BarnesReport
This trip was a quickfire junket to the islands of Japan to nab the winter specialties. The clients had already done a Japan trip in summer and had spent considerable time in eastern Asia already, meaning that a few East Asia specialty birds like Black-faced Spoonbill and Baer’s Pochard were not target species...
2010 [February] - Mark FinnReport
Birdwatching Breaks operate one of the best winter itineraries to Japan and our tour this year was no exception as we recorded a host of species including most of the endemic birds and a few stragglers from North America. In a species total of 170, we had many highlights including three Blakiston’s Fish Owls at a private site in Eastern Hokkaido, Japanese Murrelets off the Kyushu coast and hundreds of wintering Steller’s and White-tailed Sea Eagles. In Kyushu the mild weather attracted wintering Intermediate Egret and Brown Shrike whilst several Black-faced Spoonbills were also noted...
2010 [June] - Petri Hottola - East HokkaidoReport
Most foreign birdwatchers visit East Hokkaido in winter, in order to look for the large concentrations of sea-eagles and wintering seabirds. Winter is, however, not the only good birding season in the North of Japan. On the contrary, late spring—early summer offers some of the best birds and weather conditions. There are no biting insects, most of the trees have fresh leaves, spring flowers bloom, together with cherry trees, the air has a fragrant smell, the bird singing season is at its peak and early breeders such as Red-crowned Cranes already have the first young ones on the marshlands. Such were the conditions during my visit to Hokkaido between 7th to 12th June, in 2010...
2013 [April] - Peter Ericsson - HonshuReport
Otaku in Southern Tokyo is a bit of a yuppie area and reminded me of 'small town' western cities. My 1st bird the following morning was a bunch of Eastern Jungle Crows, familiar from home but a lot more vocal here. Eurasian Treesparrows followed after that. Suddenly some unfamiliar sounds came to me...what could it be?....here I was on my friend's balcony....I spotted something medium sized, had a feeling it could be Brown-eared Bulbuls......ran for the bins downstairs and nicely got a pair in full view.....great looking bird with lots of interesting sounds....my 1st lifer!...
2013 [August] - Petri HottolaPDF Report
August may clearly be recommended for searching for the enigmatic Amami Thrush, and other Amami endemics. Even though the thrushes do not sing, at least not as actively as in early spring, the young birds are there, more numerous than during the rest of the year (cf. mortality) and also possibly less wary than the adults. The other special birds are relatively easy to spot, including the Amami Woodcock. The 22 Amami Yama-Shigis on the second night felt like a rather large total, after reading about guided tours with around 10 birds, at maximum...
2013 [February] - John Andrew - Kagoshima & East HokkaidoReport
...After watching this spectacle, we had breakfast and then went to the eastern fields to look for the other two species of crane, Lesser Sandhill and Common. We found the Lesser Sandhills no problem, but the Common proved elusive until it was eventually spotted in a distant field. Other birds of note in the eastern fields were Bean Goose, Common Shelduck, Eurasian Spoonbill, Chestnut-eared Bunting, Common Reed Bunting, Common Snipe and Pin-tailed Snipe. A flock of Temminck’s Stint was also observed....
2013 [February] - Keith BarnesReport PDF
...Our forays into the forest around Kurizawa were very successful, with Japanese Pygmy and Japanese Green woodpeckers providing regular entertainment. We got very lucky with both Long- tailed and Pallas’ rosefinches and Japanese Grosbeaks in town this year, and Rustic Buntings and Japanese Green Pheasant walking the overgrown fields....
2013 [January] - Bob SundstromReport PDF
...As amazing and memorable as the fish-owl was, that experience was rivaled closely by the Red- crowned Cranes on Hokkaido. Known also as Japanese Crane and considered the largest of all cranes, the people of Hokkaido have gone to great lengths to help this endangered species thrive on the island. We first saw Red-crowned Cranes at sunrise, as a flock of hundreds stood in the icy shallows of a river turned pink by the first rays of sun. Later we watched the cranes at gathering areas where they fed, and often pairs would dance together and raise their necks side by side while giving loud, musical unison calls. A magical experience...
2013 [June] - Dave FarrowReport PDF
...On the busy island of Honshu in wetland areas we saw Japanese Reed Bunting, Marsh Grassbird, Japanese Green Pheasant and many Great Bitterns, to the mountain forests of Karuizawa and Mount Fuji where we found Latham’s Snipe, Japanese Green Woodpecker, Japanese Wagtail, Japanese Grosbeak, Japanese Yellow Bunting, Japanese Accentor, Brown and Japanese Thrushes, a stunning pair of Siberian Thrushes, Chestnut-cheeked Starling, Japanese Robin, Siberian Blue Robin, Red-flanked Bluetails, Eastern Crowned Warbler, Sakhalin and Japanese Leaf Warblers. On the delightful island of Miyakejima we saw Pleske’s Warbler, Ijima’s Leaf Warbler, Izu Thrush and Izu Tit, plus more Japanese Robins, Japanese Woodpigeon and Northern Boobook, and from the ferry we saw numerous Bonin Petrels, Black-footed Albatrosses, a Wedge-tailed and countless thousands of Streaked Shearwaters....
2013 [March] - Dave FarrowReport PDF
...This year's Birdquest tour to Japan in Winter was once again a wonderful safari of superb birds both large and small. We saw a thrilling six species of Cranes – the dancing Japanese Cranes of Hokkaido (always a favourite), plus the noisy and almost overwhelming hordes of Hooded and White-naped Cranes at Arasaki, that were joined by a few Sandhill and Common Cranes, and the big prize of a single immature Siberian Crane. The Eagles of the icy north score highly too, with our 'Nature Cruise' into the pack ice bringing us nose-to-nose with hundreds of Steller's Sea Eagles and White-tailed Eagles, squabbling over the fish thrown out for them, all the time attended by swarms of large Gulls picking up the scraps...
2013 [May] - Dion HobcroftReport
...Owston's Woodpecker was watched drumming at close range with Ryukyu Minivet seen collecting nesting material. We opted for a midday siesta before heading out in the afternoon to the Kimsakubaru Virgin Forest Park. After a while we picked up a male Ryukyu Flycatcher that gave super views. At the bottom of the hill we heard a few Japanese Paradise Flycatchers, one of which gave a fast flyover view....
2013 [November] - Stephen Burch - Hokkaido & KyushuReport
With a business trip to Tokyo in mid November 2013, I could not possibly turn up this opportunity for some early winter birding and photography afterwards! The lure of highly charismatic species in Hokkaido such as Steller's Sea Eagle, Red-crowned Crane, Blakiston's Fish Owl, not to mention the possibility of several eastern auks was irresistible, despite the somewhat daunting prosect of lone travel in a country with a completely different language, alphabet and customs...
Migration Report - Chinese Goshawk - Autumn 2008Report
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Hokkaido Nature ToursTour Operator
October is characterised by fine cool weather moving in from Siberia, accompanied by the first waves of winter bird migration, including ducks, thrushes and buntings that add to the endemics. Red, orange and yellow autumn leaves will cover the forested mountains, gorges and gardens...
Japan BirdingTour Operator
... birding tours to japan. This site is for all those who wish to visit the islands of Japan, to see the wealth of birdlife there. We offer a range of birdwatching tours to observe the birding spectacles of this enigmatic country...
Birding BLOG from Northern Japan…
I'm an English expat living in smalltown northern Japan. I fill my days watching birds and occasionally teaching the locals a bit of English. Stella isn't my real name though I did drink a lot of it when I was younger...
Birding BLOG with some superb photos from Hikkaido
Blog and many of photos shorebirds in japan
Birdwatching in Japan…
ARRCN Asian Raptor Migration WebpageWebsite
This web site is consisted by information of Asian raptor migration. Therfore, if you have some information on Asian raptor migration, please send me the data.We ask that the following raptor migration data be provided, at least.
Bird observations in Ibaraki and the Kanto plainInformation
The Kanto plain consists of the prefectures Ibaraki, Saitama, Tochigi, Tokyo, Chiba, Gunma, Kanagawa. Sometimes Yamanishi is included as well.
Bird Songs in JapanWebsite
Clickable links to birdsong...
More pictures - in Japanese
Birds of JapanInformation
These pages collect lots of different data collected by lots of people. A number of them still subscribes to the Kantori mailing list. I found birdwatching in Japan a refreshing experience. Basically I had to start all over again. Not only there were lots of new species, but also what might have been familiar was sometimes replaced by a confusingly different subspecies. Up to date information was and is hard to obtain because of unfamiliarity with the japanese language...
Birds of JapanWebsite
What's so great about a list of bird names? After all, the names that men give are just a pale reflection of the birds themselves. Well, bird-lovers may rejoice in biodiversity, but in matters linguistic they tend to use common or garden English as a lowest common denominator. So, in the interest of 'lingua-diversity', here it is: a list of bird species of Japan, with names in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Russian, German, and French...
Checklist of the Birds of JapanChecklist
This is work in progress. Here is the preamble which contains the sources on which this lis is based. To be done: spelling check and recheck of english names and Japanese names. recheck of of subspecies; comparison BoJ, HBW, SM; check gulls, owls, and other difficult splits. Also a comparison with the newly appeared OSJ97 has to be made: it differs with BoJ on the level of subspecies: both BoJ and OSJ77 contain subspecies that the other does not contain...
Hawk Migration in ShinshuWebsite
Hawk Migration Monitoring in Shinshu.
Hiroshima Raptor Migration & Ecology ResearchWebsite
In Japanese - but some English version pages
Kantori Lode - Birds of JapanWebsite
This website is a cooperative effort by the members of the Yahoo Japan English-Language Birders Group, Kantori. It is an accumulation and collocation of information from our membership group postings and other sources on the Japanese avifauna of interest to the membership. Although the website language is English, we would particularly like to thank our Japanese friends and colleagues, without whose knowledge and contributions this site would be considerably more barren...
Picture of wild-birds around Miyama-town Mie pref Japan etc...
Rockjumper Birding ToursTour Operator
Our tour through Japan explores the main islands of Honshu, Hokkaido and Kyushu for some of the world’s most spectacular and sought-after birds, whilst simultaneously enjoying the wonderfully diverse scenery and excellent local cuisine.
Shiokawa tidalflat is one of the representative waders-watching sites in JAPAN. Land area is about 280ha and it is surrounded by wet field(rice field); dry field(cabbage field);pond (not-using fishing pond); marsh field(not-using industrial area). Various habitats support many kinds of birds.So far 250 species have been recorded in this area. Shiokawa tidalflat is located in MIKAWA bay. That bay has been reclaimed for industrial development since 60s. In decreasing natural coast, Shiokawa tidalflat was remained accidentally. And now,it is one of the most important site for waders, not only in MIKAWA bay but also in JAPAN We are glad that you see apart of Shiokawa tidallflat and be interested in this site by this page.
Cracking pictures... text largely in Japanese.
Teuri Island Seabird Information CentreWebsite
Where to see Japanese seabirds...
Clickable links to calls...
Artist - Rakusan TsuchiyaGallery
The prints are beautifully done, and since webmaster Michael is well acquainted with birding, he's paid proper attention to identifying the species correctly....
Weblog of Japanese bird photograph using DIGISCO photo system...
Photographer - Dave FarrowGallery
Images from a 2004 visit
Photographer - Mike DanzenbakerGallery
Terrific pictures of Japanese birds
Photographer - Monte M & Christopher H TaylorGallery
There are two galleries of Japanese birds...
Photographer - Russell Jenkins Stoop FilesGallery
Photography of birds and nature in Japan and Australia…
Photographer - Setsuko & Shimpei WatanabeGallery
Many images - some excellent...
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