Pair of Yambaru kuina found in Ogimi for the first time in 12 years

Pair of Yambaru kuina found in Ogimi for the first time in 12 years

On November 1, a pair of Yambaru kuina was found in the Taiho Dam area of Ogimi. (Provided by the NPO Animal Hospital Okinawa.)


November 17, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A pair of Yambaru kuina or endangered Okinawa Rail have been found in the watershed area of the Taiho Dam in Ogimi.

According to the Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center, the southern limit of the Yambaru kuina’s range is the northern part of Ogimi and the area around the Taiho Dam. The last time a pair of Yambaru kuina was seen was twelve years ago in 2000.

A staff member from the center said that the mongoose control plan is going well, and commented, “We are looking forward to the breeding season.”
On October 30, the NPO Animal Hospital Okinawa in Uruma confirmed the existence of the pair of Yambaru kuina. The hospital mentioned that a male Yambaru kuina had been living in the Taiho Dam watershed basin for 10 years and had paired up with a female that had moved down from the northern area of the bird’s range.

Vice director of the hospital Michio Kinjo also said, “Finding this pair of Yambaru kuina, indicates that the mongoose control plan is proving to be effective.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato and Mark Ealey)

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