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Wild Bird Songs of Japan

Wild Bird Songs of Japan

Hideo Ueda

Songs and calls of 283 species, each individually indexed. The details of the vocalisations are explained in the accompanying English booklet. Also included are detailed descriptions of the frequency, characteristics and sound impressions of easily confused calls.

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Common NameScientific Name
Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus
Black-footed AlbatrossPhoebastria nigripes
Short-tailed AlbatrossPhoebastria albatrus
Stejneger's PetrelPterodroma longirostris
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulwerii
Streaked ShearwaterCalonectris leucomelas
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus pacificus
Madeiran Storm-PetrelOceanodroma castro
Leach's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoa
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
Grey HeronArdea cinerea
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Great EgretCasmerodius albus
Intermediate EgretMesophoyx intermedia
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Striated HeronButorides striatus
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Japanese Night-HeronGorsachius goisagi
Malaysian Night-HeronGorsachius melanolophus
Yellow BitternIxobrychus sinensis
Von Schrenck's BitternIxobrychus eurhythmus
Cinnamon BitternIxobrychus cinnamomeus
Great BitternBotaurus stellaris
Oriental White StorkCiconia boyciana
Whooper SwanCygnus cygnus
Bewick's SwanCygnus columbianus bewickii
Bean GooseAnser fabalis
Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
Brent GooseBranta bernicla
Common ShelduckTadorna tadorna
Mandarin DuckAix galericulata
Eurasian WigeonAnas penelope
Falcated DuckAnas falcata
GadwallAnas strepera
Common NameScientific Name
Eurasian TealAnas crecca
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Spot-billed DuckAnas poecilorhyncha
Northern PintailAnas acuta
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeata
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
Black ScoterMelanitta nigra
Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
GoosanderMergus merganser
OspreyPandion haliaetus
Black KiteMilvus migrans
White-tailed EagleHaliaeetus albicilla
Steller's Sea-EagleHaliaeetus pelagicus
Crested Serpent-EagleSpilornis cheela
Grey-faced BuzzardButastur indicus
Eastern Marsh HarrierCircus spilonotus
Japanese SparrowhawkAccipiter gularis
Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus
Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
Common BuzzardButeo buteo
Greater Spotted EagleAquila clanga
Common KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteo
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Rock PtarmiganLagopus mutus
Hazel GrouseBonasa bonasia
Japanese QuailCoturnix japonica
Chinese Bamboo-PartridgeBambusicola thoracica
Copper PheasantSyrmaticus soemmerringii
Common PheasantPhasianus colchicus
Green PheasantPhasianus versicolor
Barred ButtonquailTurnix suscitator
Hooded CraneGrus monacha
Red-crowned CraneGrus japonensis
Japanese White-naped CraneGrus vipio
Common NameScientific Name
Okinawa RailGallirallus okinawae
Water RailRallus aquaticus
Slaty-legged Banded CrakeRallina eurizonoides
Ruddy-breasted CrakePorzana fusca
White-breasted WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurus
WatercockGallicrex cinerea
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Common CootFulica atra
Greater Painted-SnipeRostratula benghalensis
Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus
Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellus
Grey-headed LapwingVanellus cinereus
Pacific Golden PloverPluvialis fulva
Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
Long-billed PloverCharadrius placidus
Little PloverCharadrius dubius
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus
Lesser Sand PloverCharadrius mongolus
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensis
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropus
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilis
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Grey-tailed TattlerHeteroscelus brevipes
Wandering TattlerHeteroscelus incanus
Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Common NameScientific Name
Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticola
Latham's SnipeGallinago hardwickii
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Great KnotCalidris tenuirostris
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollis
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckii
Long-toed StintCalidris subminuta
DunlinCalidris alpina
Black-tailed GullLarus crassirostris
Mew GullLarus canus
Herring GullLarus argentatus
Slaty-backed GullLarus schistisagus
Black-headed GullLarus ridibundus
Saunders's GullLarus saundersi
Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
Crested TernThalasseus bergii
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Black-naped TernSterna sumatrana
Bridled TernSterna anaethetus
Little TernSterna albifrons
Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Spectacled GuillemotCepphus carbo
Crested MurreletSynthliboramphus wumizusume
Rhinoceros AukletCerorhinca monocerata
Japanese Wood-PigeonColumba janthina
Oriental Turtle DoveStreptopelia orientalis
Eurasian Collared DoveStreptopelia decaocto
Common Emerald DoveChalcophaps indica
White-bellied Green-PigeonTreron sieboldii
Whistling Green-PigeonTreron formosae
Hodgson's Hawk-CuckooCuculus fugax
Indian CuckooCuculus micropterus
Common CuckooCuculus canorus
Oriental CuckooCuculus saturatus
Lesser CuckooCuculus poliocephalus
Common NameScientific Name
Oriental Scops-OwlOtus sunia
Elegant Scops-OwlOtus elegans
Collared Scops-OwlOtus lettia
Blakiston's Eagle-OwlBubo blakistoni
Ural OwlStrix uralensis
Brown Hawk-OwlNinox scutulata
Long-eared OwlAsio otus
Jungle NightjarCaprimulgus indicus
Pacific SwiftApus pacificus
House SwiftApus nipalensis
Crested KingfisherMegaceryle lugubris
Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
Ruddy KingfisherHalcyon coromanda
DollarbirdEurystomus orientalis
Eurasian WryneckJynx torquilla
Pygmy-WoodpeckerPicoides kizuki
White-backed WoodpeckerPicoides leucotos
Great Spotted WoodpeckerPicoides major
Black WoodpeckerDryocopus martius
Japanese Green WoodpeckerPicus awokera
Grey-headed Green WoodpeckerPicus canus
Okinawan WoodpeckerSapheopipo noguchii
Fairy PittaPitta nympha
Sky LarkAlauda arvensis
Sand MartinRiparia riparia
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Pacific SwallowHirundo tahitica
Red-rumped SwallowHirundo daurica
Asian House-MartinDelichon dasypus
Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea
White / Pied WagtailMotacilla alba
Japanese Pied WagtailMotacilla grandis
Richard's PipitAnthus richardi
Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoni
Buff-bellied PipitAnthus rubescens
Common NameScientific Name
Ashy MinivetPericrocotus divaricatus
Light-vented BulbulPycnonotus sinensis
Asian Brown-eared BulbulIxos amaurotis
Tiger ShrikeLanius tigrinus
Brown ShrikeLanius cristatus
Bull-headed ShrikeLanius bucephalus
Great Grey ShrikeLanius excubitor
Chinese Grey ShrikeLanius sphenocercus
Bohemian WaxwingBombycilla garrulus
Japanese WaxwingBombycilla japonica
Brown DipperCinclus pallasii
Winter WrenTroglodytes troglodytes
Alpine AccentorPrunella collaris
Japanese AccentorPrunella rubida
Blue Rock ThrushMonticola solitarius
Siberian ThrushZoothera sibirica
White's ThrushZoothera dauma
Japanese Grey ThrushTurdus cardis
Brown-headed ThrushTurdus chrysolaus
Izu Islands ThrushTurdus celaenops
Pale ThrushTurdus pallidus
Dusky ThrushTurdus naumanni
Japanese RobinErithacus akahige
Ryukyu RobinErithacus komadori
Rufous-tailed RobinLuscinia sibilans
Siberian RubythroatLuscinia calliope
Siberian Blue RobinLuscinia cyane
Red-flanked BluetailTarsiger cyanurus
Daurian RedstartPhoenicurus auroreus
StonechatSaxicola torquata
Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
Asian StubtailUrosphena squameiceps
Japanese Bush-WarblerCettia diphone
Japanese Swamp-WarblerMegalurus pryeri
Lanceolated WarblerLocustella lanceolata
Middendorff's Grasshopper-WarblerLocustella ochotensis
Common NameScientific Name
Pleske's Grasshopper-WarblerLocustella pleskei
Gray's Grasshopper-WarblerLocustella fasciolata
Black-browed Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus bistrigiceps
Oriental Great Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus orientalis
Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatus
Arctic WarblerPhylloscopus borealis
Sakhalin Leaf-WarblerPhylloscopus borealoides
Eastern Crowned Leaf-WarblerPhylloscopus coronatus
Ijima's Leaf-WarblerPhylloscopus ijimae
GoldcrestRegulus regulus
Siberian FlycatcherMuscicapa sibirica
Asian Brown FlycatcherMuscicapa dauurica
Narcissus FlycatcherFicedula narcissina
Mugimaki FlycatcherFicedula mugimaki
Blue-and-white FlycatcherCyanoptila cyanomelana
Black Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone atrocaudata
Long-tailed-TitAegithalos caudatus
Chinese Penduline-TitRemiz consobrinus
Marsh TitPoecile palustris
Willow TitPoecile montana
Coal TitPeriparus ater
Great TitParus major
Varied TitSittiparus varius
Wood NuthatchSitta europaea
Eurasian TreecreeperCerthia familiaris
Japanese White-eyeZosterops japonicus
Bonin Islands White-eyeApalopteron familiare
Eurasian JayGarrulus glandarius
Purple JayGarrulus lidthi
Azure-winged MagpieCyanopica cyana
Black-billed MagpiePica pica
Spotted NutcrackerNucifraga caryocatactes
Daurian JackdawCorvus dauuricus
RookCorvus frugilegus
Carrion CrowCorvus corone
Large-billed CrowCorvus macrorhynchos
Common NameScientific Name
Common RavenCorvus corax
Black-naped OrioleOriolus chinensis
Chestnut-cheeked StarlingSturnia philippensis
White-cheeked StarlingSturnus cineraceus
Siberian Meadow BuntingEmberiza cioides
Ochre-rumped BuntingEmberiza yessoensis
Yellow-throated BuntingEmberiza elegans
Chestnut-eared BuntingEmberiza fucata
Little BuntingEmberiza pusilla
Rustic BuntingEmberiza rustica
Yellow-breasted BuntingEmberiza aureola
Chestnut BuntingEmberiza rutila
Japanese Yellow BuntingEmberiza sulphurata
Black-faced BuntingEmberiza spodocephala
Grey BuntingEmberiza variabilis
Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclus
Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis
BramblingFringilla montifringilla
Oriental GreenfinchCarduelis sinica
Eurasian SiskinCarduelis spinus
Mealy RedpollAcanthis flammea
Arctic Rosy-FinchLeucosticte arctoa
Long-tailed RosefinchUragus sibiricus
Pallas's RosefinchCarpodacus roseus
Pine GrosbeakPinicola enucleator
Common CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
Common BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula
HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustes
Japanese GrosbeakEophona personata
Cinnamon SparrowPasser rutilans
Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus

Disclaimer The species list above is in systematic order, the taxonomy and nomenclature of which generally follows the Wells World Birds list on Birder's Diary v3.0 (courtesy of Thayer Software: www.thayerbirding.com), with adaptations by WildSounds.
The Wells World Birds list is based on a classification created by Mic Wells.
Please note that the above list may not be in the same order or be a full and accurate representation of the species on the title concerned. We take due care to ensure the accuracy of the list, but should you find any errors, please notify us.

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