Two male Okinawa rails killed by cars in Kunigami

Two male Okinawa rails killed by cars in Kunigami

An Okinawa rail walks beside a “Caution – birds” sign at Prefectural Road 70 in Ada, Kunigami Village on April 13.


April 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Office of the Yanbaru Nature Ranger, part of the Environment Ministry, announced on April 13 that two Okinawa rails were killed on the roads in Kunigami in March.

Traffic accidents involving the birds reach their peak around May to June, during the breeding season. The Office of the Nature Ranger warned, “Accidents involving Okinawa rails tend to increase during this period as the birds frequently cross roads. The most important prevention measure we can take is to drive slowly. Please be very cautious when you drive around the Yanbaru area.”

The two Okinawa rails killed in March were both adult male birds. The first was found along Prefectural Road 70 in Ada, Kunigami Village at around 7:30 a.m. on March 2. The second bird was found along the forest road in Uka, at around 2 p.m. on March 22.
The Office of the Nature Ranger has asked people to report any instances of rails being injured or killed in traffic accidents. Similarly, anyone who finds an injured bird is asked to contact the Ranger.

For further details, call the Yanbaru Wildlife Conservation Center at 0980 (50) 1025 or NPO Hospital for Animals Okinawa 090 (6857) 8917.

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)

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