Brown-eared Bulbul

The final bird I identified on Saturday February 28 was the Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis). It is very well known bird in Japan, having the name, Hiyodori. I didn’t notice the call, but I read where it is one of the “sounds of Japan” and I will be listening for it. It has been described as nasal or gravelly.  “Bulbul” is the Persian word for nightingale, but in English it refers to a different family of 136 different species. Brown-eared refers to the rufous face patch.

They are found throughout Japan, Korea and coastal China. They are a common bird of parks and gardens.

Alighting from a branch – March 28, 2015 – Rokku Garden hike.


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