French: Merle des Izu German: Izudrossel Spanish: Zorzal de las Izu
Miyakeshima, “The Seven Islands”, Izu, Japan
N Ryukyu Is (Yakushima, Tokara Is) and Izu Is (from Toshima to Aogashima); some move to islands S of Kyushu, Oshima and adjacent S Honshu in winter.
23–24 cm. Male has black hood to lower breast, rich brownish-russet upperparts, blackish wings and tail; chestnut-orange upper belly and flanks, white mid-belly to dark-... read more
Song, from low perch, mid-Mar to early Jul, a series of 3–5 buzzing trills, “tsurrrrrr... read more
Mature deciduous woodland and laurel forest, preferably with strong canopy and sparse shrub layer,... read more
Food and feeding
Fruit, seeds and, in summer, mainly invertebrates; focuses on caterpillars in canopy during Apr–Jun. Main food brought to nestlings... read more
Mar–Jun on Miyake-jima, rarely into Aug, peak in May; similar period on other islands inferred from various records of nests and... read more
Mainly sedentary on Izu Is, but in winter some move N to adjacent parts of Honshu (mainland Japan... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Izu Islands EBA. Population placed in range 2500–10,000 (probably never greater than this owing to tiny range), and... read more
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