An orange-headed thrush spotted in Kumejima Town

An orange-headed thrush spotted in Kumejima Town

On May 19, a rare bird, the orange-headed thrush, was spotted at Shinri beach in Kumejima Town.


May 29, 2014 Tetsuya Nakajima, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 19 at Shinri beach in Kumejima Town, bird research duo Hatsuko and Kazunori Maehara spotted a female orange-headed thrush – a rare species in Japan. The married couple from Chiba prefecture visited the island for bird-banding as part of research by the Sankai Bird Resarch Institute sponsored by the Ministry of Environment.

After capturing the bird and banding its leg, they released it for biological research, including investigation of its range of action. There have been few observation records about the orange-headed thrush in Japan. According to a specialist, this is the first time researchers have released a marked orange-headed thrush in Japan.

The orange-headed thrush inhabits the area of southern China and India. Its head is orange and its wings and tail are light gray. Female birds have white dots on their wings. Previously, there was only one record of the bird, which was photographed in Tokara Island of Kagoshima Prefecture. This research confirmed the orange-headed thrush flies to Kumejima Island.

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)

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