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Birdlist

A complete list of birds found be found in each sub-location the regions section.

This section contains some brief information about the most prestidgeous birds in Japan, if you happen to know of any others, or feel we have left something out why not contact us and let us know?

A list of the 16 endemic bird species of Japan:


English name

Latin name

Where found

Okinawa Rail

Gallirallus okinawae
Northern Okinawa

Amami Woodcock

Scolopax mira

Amami Island

Green Pheasant

Phasianus versicolor

Main islands

Copper Pheasant

Syrmaticus soemmerringii

Honshu and Kyushu

Ryukyu Serpent Eagle

Spilornis perplexus

Yaeyama Islands

Ryukyu Green Pigeon

Treron riukiuensis

Okinawa and Amami

Japanese Woodpecker

Picus awokera

Honshu and Kyushu

Pryer's Woodpecker

Dendrocopos noguchii

Northern Okinawa

Ryukyu Minivet

Pericrocotus tegimae

Kyushu, Ryukyu islands

Japanese Accentor

Prunella rubida

Honshu

Ryukyu Robin

Luscinia komadori

Ryukyu islands

Amami Thrush

Zoothera amami

Amami Island

Izu Islands Thrush

Turdus celaenops

Izu Islands, Tokara Islands

Ryukyu Flycatcher

Ficedula owstoni

Ryukyu Islands

Bonin Honeyeater

Apalapteron familiare

Ogasawara Islands

Lidth's Jay

Garrulus lidthi

Amami Island



A list of the 35 most sought-after bird species in Japan for visiting birders:



English name

Latin name

Where found in Japan

Japanese Night Heron

Gorsachius goisagi Kyushu, Honshu

Steller's Sea Eagle

Haliaeetus pelagicus

Hokkaido

White-tailed Sea Eagle

Haliaeetus albicilla

Hokkaido, N Honshu

Falcated Duck

Anas falcata

Main islands

Baikal Teal

Anas formosa

Honshu, Kyushu

Swinhoe's Crake

Coturnicops exquisitus

Main islands

Red-crowned Crane

Grus japonensis

Hokkaido

White-naped Crane

Grus vipio

Kyushu

Hooded Crane

Grus monachus

Kyushu, Shikoku

Black-faced Spoonbill

Platalea minor
All islands

Saunders's Gull

Saundersilarus saundersi
Kyushu

Long-billed Murrelet

Brachyramphus perdix
Hokkaido

Japanese Murrelet

Synthliboramphus wumizusume

Honshu, Kyushu

Japanese Scops Owl

Otus semitorques

Honshu, Kyushu, Okinawa

Elegant Scops Owl

Otus elegans

Ryukyu Islands

Blakiston's Fish Owl

Bubo blakistoni

Hokkiado

Black Woodpigeon

Columba janthina

Offshore smaller islands

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker

Yungipicus kizuki

Main islands, Amami, Okinawa, Iriomote

White-backed Woodpecker (Amami subspecies)

Dendrocopos leucotos owstoni

Amami Island, possibly endemic species

Crested Kingfisher

Megaceryle lugubris

Main islands

Ruddy Kingfisher

Halcyon coromanda

Kyushu, Honshu, Ryukyu Islands

Fairy Pitta

Pitta nympha

Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu

Japanese Wagtail

Motacilla grandis

Main islands

Japanese Waxwing

Bombycilla japonica

Main islands

Black Paradise Flycatcher

Terpsiphone atrocaudata

Southern Japan

Marsh Grassbird

Megalurus pryeri

Honshu

Pleske's Warbler

Locustella pleskei

Offshore smaller islands

Ijima's Warbler

Phylloscopus ijimae

Izu Islands, Tokara Islands

Japanese Robin

Luscinia akahige

Main islands

Japanese Thrush

Turdus cardis

Main islands

Brown-headed Thrush

Turdus chrysolaus

All islands

Chestnut-cheeked Starling

Sturnus philippensis

Honshu (Kyushu, Shikoku migrant)

Varied Tit

Poecile varia

All islands

Grey Bunting

Emberiza variabilis

Main islands

Ochre-rumped Bunting

Emberiza yessoensis

Kyushu, Honshu

Japanese Yellow Bunting

Emberiza sulphurata

Honshu