Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 26, 2011

Birds of Furano

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Birds of Hokkaido, Japan.

This morning I took off with my video camera and borrowed a pair of binoculars from the nice man at the hostel in Furano, Hokkaido. I just walked down the back streets of the town, firstly seeing a pair of Large-billed Crows high up in a tree. Further down the road in a bunch of trees I spotted a Marsh Tit flittering around among the branches. I could not get any usable footage because he was flittering around too much.

On the way back, i wandered the back streets behind the 7-11 and saw heaps of birds. There were a mob of Brown-eared Bulbuls, Dusky Thrush roosting on the wires and TV antennas, and the Great Tits were free-loading off a bird-feeder in someone’s front yard.

Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis) also called a Jungle Crow.

The taxonomy of Corvus macrorhynchos is confusing because there are about 11 races spanning from India to northern Japan. Work is being done by researchers Emiko FUKUI, Shoei SUGITA and Midori YOSHIZAWA on “Molecular sexing of Jungle crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis) and Carrion crow (Corvus corone corone) using a feather”. “A molecular sexing method using the intron-size difference between chromo-helicase-DNA binding protein (CHD1) genes on the Z and W sex chromosomes (CHD1Z and CHD1W, respectively) was developed for wild Jungle crows and wild Carrion crows.” “In the present study, sexing live Jungle and Carrion crows was performed by applying the method to a feather for molecular sexing.”

Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris)

The Marsh Tit is a widespread and common resident breeder throughout temperate Europe and northern Asia. Most Marsh Tits stay in their breeding territories year round.

Great Tit (Parus major)

The Great Tit (Parus major) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common species throughout Europe, the Middle East, Central and Northern Asia, and parts of North Africa. There is some talk of the Great Tit being called the Japanese Tit (Parus minor) in Japan. This species was classified as a subspecies of Great Tit, but Russian studies have indicated that the two species coexist in the Russian Far East without intermingling or frequent hybridization.

Dusky Thrush(Turdus eunomus)

The Dusky Thrush is a member of the thrush family Turdidae which breeds eastwards from central Siberia. They supposedly migrate south to South-east Asia, maybe someone forgot to tell these ones. They are frequently treated as conspecific with Turdus naumanni.

Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis)

The Brown-eared Bulbul is a medium-sized bulbul which is found from the Russian Far East , northeastern China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and northern islands of the Philippines. It is a very familiar bird throughout Japan, where it is called hiyodori, and considered a pest in some agricultural centers.

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