Yanbarukuina made a surprise visit to a private residence in Ogimi

Yanbarukuina made a surprise visit to a private residence in Ogimi

In July, a Yanbarukuina came into a private residence and hid behind the television (Photograph by Mitsuaki Miyagi)


September 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo


By Ayako Sakaguchi


Yanbarukuina or Okinawa rail, which is an endangered species and designated as a natural treasure of Japan suddenly appeared in the house of Mitsuaki Miyagi in Takasato, Ogimi Village. While Yanbarukuina are sometimes found in the gardens of private residences in Yasuda, Kunigami Village, it is rare for them to be found inside homes.

Miyagi expressed his surprise; “I have lived in the same house for 68 years and this is the first time this has happened. I was very excited.”

A Yanbarukuina came into the house around 2:30 p.m. on July 18.

Miyagi was sitting on the sofa in the house, watching TV.

One Yanbarukuina walked past the front of the television and then hit the screen door.

When Miyagi got up from the sofa, the rare bird hid in the gap behind the television.

From the color of its beak, it appeared to be an infant bird born this year.

Miyagi released the bird back into the forest behind his house.

The bird ran away quickly. When it came into the house, the back door had been left open.


(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)


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