Birds In Japan

There are many unique birds in Japan, and many people enjoy watching them or listening to them chirp and sing.  Can you name a bird or two - in English?


Japanese Bush Warbler - This is perhaps the most popular, and commonly known bird in Japan.  It has a distinct bird call that sounds like ho-ho-ke-kyo.  It is oftentimes confused with a Meijiro, which has white circles around its eyes and appears a bit brighter in color.  It is very rare to actually see a Japanese Bush Warbler because they are quite elusive.


Brown Eared Bulbul - This bird is a greyish-blue color, has a bit of a spiky look to the top of its head, and is taller than most other small birds in Japan.  It also has brownish cheeks and makes a rather unattractive screeching sound.  They sometimes fly around in pairs or groups, but are too shy to come close to humans.


Green Pheasant - These birds are big but not so common.  I have only seen them twice along the Yodo River, and both times they raced away at warp speed.  They aren't too difficult to find if you do hear one making a funny noise from behind some bushes.  They're colorful and easy to locate once you know what to look for.


Black Kite - These are birds of prey, meaning that they hunt and eat things like mice, rabbits, and snakes.  You can find them along the Kamo River in Kyoto, Arashiyama, or Fukui.  It's best not to eat anywhere near a black kite because they have the tendency to aggressively attack humans for food.


Eurasian Sky Lark - These birds are small, a dull brown, and tend to blend in with their surroundings.  You'll probably hear them before you see them because they sing amazingly well from high up in the sky.  They're probably just as popular as the Japanese Bush Warbler, but not as difficult to spot.


Crow - These birds overpopulate whatever area they tend to flock to.  Although they are a sleek black and nice looking, they are somewhat of a nuisance to the poor residents of Osaka.  You can find them rummaging through garbage bags, making a ruckus on top of houses or apartment buildings, or chasing away smaller birds.


~ Samantha