French: Bécassine du Japon German: Japanbekassine Spanish: Agachadiza japonesa
Other common names:
J. E. Gray
E Primorskiy, S Sakhalin and S Kuril Is S to Hokkaido and N & C Honshu, and possibly Kyushu (S Japan). Winters in E Australia and Tasmania; perhaps also small numbers in New Guinea.
23–33 cm; 95–277 g; wingspan 48–54 cm. Extremely similar to G. megala and G. stenura, but larger, with proportionately long tail and wings... read more
Considered less vocal than G. gallinago or G. stenura; in display flight (30–40 m... read more
Breeding habitat consists of farmland, such as meadows, pastures, fallow fields, and areas of... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly earthworms, also beetles, cranefly larvae and pupae, spiders and freshly fallen seeds; occasionally molluscs, centipedes and isopods... read more
Lays May to early Jun. Display flights performed alone or in groups of 4–7 birds (i.e. lek-based system). Nests in scattered, single... read more
Strongly migratory. Migration route still a mystery; presumably flies from Japan to E Australia in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population c. 36,000 birds; estimated 27,400 birds breed on Hokkaido (1985), more than 500 pairs on Sakhalin (1989); non-... read more
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