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ANIMAL TRACKER

Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jul 14, 2005
Japanese littleneck clam
* Japanese name: Asari * Scientific name: Ruditapes philippinarum * Description: Clams are bivalve mollusks, meaning that they are shellfish, like mussels and oysters. The shells are elongated and pinched together in the center where they join. There are both radial and concentric ribs on the shell....
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jun 23, 2005
Yellow-browed bunting
* Japanese name: Kimayuhojiro * Scientific name: Emberiza chrysophrys * Description: Buntings are related to finches and sparrows, but the Yellow-browed bunting -- whose Japanese name means "yellow eyebrow white cheek" -- is distinguished from them by its rather large head, brown-streaked upperparts...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jun 9, 2005
Four-lined rat snake
* Japanese name: Shimahebi * Scientific name: Elaphe quadrivirgata * Description: Unfortunately, despite the name, this snake does not always have four lines running down its length. Often it has black lines running down a light-brown body (as in the photo), or sometimes lighter, dashed lines that...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
May 26, 2005
Butterfly dragonfly
* Japanese name: Choutonbo * Scientific name: Rhyothemis fuliginosa * Description: With huge wings colored a beautiful deep blue, this dragonfly is unmistakable. Its body is fairly short and stout, at 32-41 mm long, while its hind wings are 30-40 mm across. The name "butterfly dragonfly" refers...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
May 12, 2005
Brown-eared bulbul
* Japanese name: Hiyodori * Scientific name: Ixos amaurotis * Description: These are medium-size songbirds that grow to about 28 cm long. They are mainly olive brown with a white face and eyebrow, throat and belly; they have a small crest. The bill, feet and eyes are black. Males and females look...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Apr 28, 2005
Gray-headed Lapwing
* Japanese name: Keri * Scientific name: Vanellus cinereus * Description: Lapwings are attractive, plump, medium-size birds (body length 30 cm; wingspan about 85 cm) with large orange eyes, yellow legs and a yellow bill with a black tip. The head and neck are gray, as are the tops of the wings, but...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Apr 14, 2005
Azure-winged magpie
* Japanese name: Onaga * Scientific name: Cyanopica cyana * Description: Magpies are in the Corvid family, that is, they are related to crows and jackdaws. But Azure-winged magpies are more elegant, with long, light-blue tails and wings, gray backs, white throats and black caps on the top of their...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Mar 24, 2005
Japanese wagtail
* Japanese name: Segurosekirei * Scientific name: Motacilla grandis * Description: Wagtails are easily identified by the way their tails wag frenetically when they walk. Even their flight pattern seems to wag -- they fly in an undulating wave. The head, throat and the top of the back and the wings...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Mar 10, 2005
Mandarin duck
* Japanese name: Oshidori * Scientific name: Aix galericulata * Description: The male Mandarin duck is the last word in avian cuteness. With a wingspan of 68-74 cm, and a body that's 41-49 cm long, he has highly elaborate plumage, with long orange feathers on the "cheeks" of his face, swished-back...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Feb 24, 2005
Spotted nutcracker
* Japanese name: Hoshigarasu * Scientific name: Nucifraga caryocatactes * Description: Nutcrackers are members of the Corvid (crow) family. An adult bird is approximately the size of a jackdaw, with a wingspan of 17.5-19 cm and a body length of 32 cm. They weigh 155-215 grams. Like other crows, their...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Feb 10, 2005
Jungle crow
* Japanese name: Hashibuto-garasu * Scientific name: Corvus macrorhynchos * Description: The Jungle crow is a large, black, fearsome-looking bird with a wingspan of up to 104 cm and a body length of 50 cm. It weighs up to 650 grams and lives up to 19 years. It has a close relative, the Carrion...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jan 27, 2005
Bull-headed shrike
* Japanese name: Mozu * Scientific name: Lanius bucephalus * Description: At first glance, bull-headed shrikes look like large (20-cm-long) house sparrows, albeit they have thick, hooked, black bills and are more strongly colored, with black and white feathers in their wings, rust flanks, gray-brown...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jan 13, 2005
Japanese white-eye
* Japanese name: Mejiro * Scientific name: Zosterops japonicus * Description: The white-eye is a small, delicate bird, with an olive-green upper body, wings and head, and a gray to pale-brown belly. The distinguishing feature is the bright-white eye ring made of feathers (the Japanese name means...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Dec 23, 2004
Rock ptarmigan
* Japanese name: Raicho * Scientific name: Lagopus mutus * Description: Ptarmigan are medium-size, plump birds about 35 cm long with a 54-60 cm wingspan. They weigh around 500 grams. Since the birds depend on camouflage for defense, their plumage changes with the season. In summer, the top half is a...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Dec 9, 2004
Long-tailed tit
* Japanese name: Enaga * Scientific name: Aegithalos caudatus * Description:The long-tailed tit is a small, fluffy, pinkish bird; it would be the Bridget Jones of the bird world if only it were better fed. The flanks and shoulders are pink-brown; the eyes red; the wings black; and the tail, which is...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Nov 25, 2004
Spoonbill
* Japanese name: Herasagi * Scientific name: Platalea leucorodia * Description: Spoonbills are tall white birds with long legs, similar to egrets, but fatter. The legs vary from pink-gray to black. They have a defining characteristic: a long black bill that forms a spoon shape at the end. The body grows...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Nov 11, 2004
Mute swan
* Japanese name: Aosagi * Scientific name: Ardea cinerea * Description: Gray herons, the largest of herons, grow to be almost 1 meter tall, with a wingspan of 2 meters. Despite their Japanese name (which means "blue heron"), these birds are more gray than blue, with a white neck and a black underside....
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Oct 14, 2004
Wren
* Japanese name: Misosazai * Scientific name: Troglodytes troglodytes * Description: The wren is tiny, the smallest Japanese bird, only 10 cm long. It has brown upperparts and gray-brown underparts. There is a white stripe above the eye. (The Japanese name refers not to its brown color and thus similarity...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Sep 23, 2004
Herring gull
* Japanese name: Segurokamome * Scientific name: Larus argentatus * Description: Herring gulls are large, noisy, boisterous birds. They are white with light gray backs, black wingtips and pink legs that have webbed feet. A key identifying mark is the red spot on the lower tip of their yellow bills....
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Sep 9, 2004
Barn swallow Tsubame
* Japanese name: Tsubame * Scientific name: Hirundo rustica * Description: A common and easily recognizable bird, barn swallows have long, pointed wings and deeply forked tails. The feathers on the back and wings are a metallic dark blue; the underside is white or cream. The face is scarlet red. Both...

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