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Town Bird: Sankocho (Japanese paradise flycatcher) サンコウチョウ(まちの鳥)

2013.12.24 (Tue)

ITerpsiphone atrocaudataA male sankocho.

Image by Pokopong (own work), via Wikimedia Commons

Every year in summer, this beautiful bird, eyes and beak ringed in cobalt blue, crosses over the forests and the castle ruins and comes to Yurihama. The male bird can measure up to 45cm long and has long tail feathers. Female birds are about 17cm long. The bird’s name, Sankocho, comes from its distinctive warble, “tsuki, hee, hoshi, hoi hoi hoi!”

毎年、夏鳥として町内羽衣石などの森林に渡ってくる、目の周りとくちばしがコバルトブルーの美しい鳥です。雄は尾羽が長いのが特徴で、体長45cm程度、雌は17cm程度。その鳴き声が、「ツキ、ヒー、ホシ、ホイ、ホイ、ホイ」と聞こえることから三光鳥と名づけられたといわれています。

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