Amami Oshima is a Paradise for Birds

Wild Birds of Amami Oshima

Amami Oshima is considered a haven for birdwatching, boasting over 300 confirmed bird species out of Japan’s approximately 600. This accounts for around 50% of the bird species found throughout Japan. In this article, I’ll introduce some of the representative birds you can encounter on Amami Oshima.

The Resident Birds of Amami Oshima

Amami Oshima, despite being home to a variety of birds, actually has only around 40 resident species. Resident birds are those that stay on Amami Oshima throughout the year without embarking on migratory journeys.

Amami jay

Rarity: ☆☆
Amami jay is native to Amami Oshima, Kakeromajima island, and Ukejima isladn. It belongs to the crow family and has beautiful azure-colored feathers and a red belly. It can be spotted in forested areas, mangroves, and around villages.

White-backed woodpecker

Rarity: ☆☆☆☆
A woodpecker unique to Amami Oshima. The males have red heads, while the females have black heads. Woodpeckers perform drumming by consecutively pecking at trees, a behavior used for finding insects within the wood or constructing nests.

Amami thrush

Rarity: ☆☆☆☆☆
Amami thrush is endemic to the southern part of Amami Oshima. Its name comes from the tiger-like pattern on its belly. The current estimated population is around 700 individuals. Historical deforestation and predation by mongooses led to a decline in numbers, but recent years show signs of recovery. While challenging to find, they may be observed perched and sleeping on trees along forest roads during night drives.

Nocturnal birds

Ryukyu scops owl

Rarity: ☆☆
This small owl, measuring about 20 centimeters, is widespread from Amami Oshima southward. It vocalizes with a beautiful call during the night.
Imitating their calls in the forest might attract them to fly towards you.

Amami woodcock

Rarity: ☆
Found from Amami Oshima to Okinawa Island, this bird is active in the forest at night, using its long bill to search for insects in the leaf litter. There have been sightings of three chicks walking in line behind the parent. They are not skilled fliers, and caution is advised during nighttime drives.

For those interested in observing nocturnal birds and creatures, a night tour is highly recommended.

Migratory birds

Ruddy kingfisher

Rarity: ☆☆☆
Arriving around May from Southeast Asia and staying until September in Amami Oshima, this bird is known for its red feathers and beautiful song. Link Adventures’ logo is inspired by this bird.

Grey-faced buzzard

Rarity: ☆
A migratory bird that arrives around October in Amami Oshima and can be seen throughout the winter. It often cries loudly from the mountains.

Amami Oshima is indeed a fantastic place for bird enthusiasts.






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