This blog is for family and friends, to share my feelings and photos with and for myself, to support my fading memory and improve my Japanese. I intend to do some writing in kanji, but am not getting very far without a Japanese computer. So for the moment I say "konnichi wa". Aisatsu dake - just saying hello.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Ashy Minivet, サンショウクイ and its cousins

A sanshoukui is usually heard before seen. Their voice is clear and peppery, like sanshou, Japanese Pepper. They miss the bright colors of their SE Asian realives, but are pretty nevertheless. This week in Fukuoka:

Below the Short-billed Minivet in Thailand, 2013 the female is yellow, the male bright red

And a male Grey-chinned Minivet in Taiwan, 2012

To make my collection complete: The Ryukyu Ashy Minivet,  リュウキュウ サンショウクイ
in the hills around Fukuoka, May 2013

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