Okhotsk Chapter
of the Wild Bird Society of Japan


Guide to Some Birds of the Okhotsk Region

For our on-line bird guide we have selected some of the birds that are characteristic of our region of Hokkaido and can be seen during various times of the year. To see some photos and details of these birds, click on their names below. They are listed in the order they appear in the Checklist. We are gradually expanding this list and the content. Species marked with an asterisk (*at the bottom) are recent additions to the Checklist and are therefore extremely rare in our region. For these new entries, we relate the circumstances for their addition to the Checklist along with photos when possible. (The descriptions of the birds on these pages are from the Okhotsk Chapter's Japanese site. Additional text by me is given in brackets [ ].)

English name Scientific name Japanese name
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus Oo-hakuchou
White-tailed Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla Ojiro-washi
Stellar's Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus pelagicus Oo-washi
Hazel Grouse Tetrastes bonasia Ezo-raichou
Japanese Crane Grus japonensis Tanchou
Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis Houroku-shigi
Latham's Snipe Gallinago hardwickii Ooji-shigi
Ross's Gull Rhodostethia rosea Himekubiwa-kamome
Blakiston's Fish-Owl Ketupa blakistoni Shima-fukurou
Ural Owl Strix uralensis (ssp) Ezo Fukurou
Black Woodpecker Drycopus martius Kuma-gera
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopus minor Ko-aka-gera
Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis Hibari
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus (ssp) Shima Enaga
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis Yuki-hoojiro
Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea Beni-hiwa
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Suzume
Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius Kakesu
Northern Raven Corvus corax Watari-garasu
Buller's Shearwater* Puffinus bulleri Minami-onaga-mizunagidori
Swan Goose* Anser cygnoides Sakatsura-gan
Ashy Minivet* Pericrocotus divaricatus Sanshoukui



Oriental Cuckoo (Tsutsudori; Cuculus optatus).
Often heard but not often seen.
(Futatsu-iwa, Abashiri, 28 May 2013; photo: DB)