Okinawa rail named Kyonkyon
February 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
The name of the Okinawa rail that the learning center in the Ada district of Kunigami Village has been raising is Kyonkyon. Six-year-old Riria Kinjo of Hentona Kindergarten came up with the name. The center invited children, including Kinjo to hold a ceremony on February 15. Kinjo named the bird after its chirping sound, “kyokyo.” She said, “I am happy to be able to name the bird. I want to tell my friends about it.”
Six children from Kunigami named the center “Forest of Kunina.”
The center called for people to name the bird on New Year’s cards and had 785 entries.
The mother of Kinjo said, “Encouraged by the teacher of the kindergarten, we came up with the name. We decided soon because we often heard the bird’s chirping sound around the house.” In the center, people can watch the birds living in the conditions similar to the natural environment.
(English translation by T&CT)
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