By Mark Brazil
This is often the 1st unmarried quantity consultant ever dedicated to the japanese Asian avifauna. The jap Asian area, centering specially at the significant islands off the continental coast (including Japan and Taiwan) and the instantly adjoining components of the Asian continent from Kamchatka within the north and together with the Korean Peninsula are a major centre of endemism. Birds endemic to this area contain representatives of some of the significant households, from the world's biggest eagle - Steller's Sea Eagle - to the tiny Taiwan Firecrest. The east Asian continental coast and the offshore islands additionally shape one of many world's significant overseas fowl migration routes, specially for waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors, whereas the east Asian continental mainland itself is domestic to a variety of species little identified to western ornithologists corresponding to Scaly-sided Merganser, Oriental Stork and Mugimaki Flycatcher. The advisor gains the main up to date textual content to be had, which, together with broad color plates all through, allows the sphere id of all the species identified from the zone. color distribution maps increase the textual content by means of supplying a visible research of the summer time, iciness and migratory levels of all species.
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Caerulescens (Lesser Snow Goose), but A. c. atlanticus (Greater Snow Goose), of Canada and Greenland, vagrant to Japan. HH Breeds colonially on open tundra. On migration and in winter, lakes, marshes and agricultural land. ID Adult a small all-white goose with black primaries. 1st-winter has dingy grey upperparts and neck. See Ross’s Goose. N American Lesser Snow has dark morph (‘Blue Goose’; accidental N Japan). Largely dark blue-grey with white head and wing-coverts, but range of intermediates between ‘blue’ and white extremes.
Taiga slightly larger, with longer, more slender bill and more Whooper Swan-like head and bill shape. Tundra has shorter thicker neck, rounder head, and stubbier bill, giving strongly sloping profile; appears ‘glumfaced’. In flight, mantle, upperwing, rump and underwing all dark (cf. Greylag), whilst white fringes to tertials and scapulars make back more patterned than Greater White-fronted. Whilst Taiga and Tundra clearly differ in proportions from Greater White-fronted, in flight they might be confused; the ad.
In region occurs in coastal Fujian and Zhejiang. Monotypic. HH Forested hills (evergreen broadleaf and coniferous) with bamboo thickets and dense undergrowth; to 1,500m. ID large, dark chestnutbrown with bare red facial skin, long, brown-banded silver-grey tail (39–44cm) and white belly. Head and nape grey-white, chin black, broad brown collar, mantle and wings largely dark chestnut-brown with black scaling, wings have two white bands, black rump scaled white. Chest dark blackish-chestnut, belly white, with flanks scaled dark brown.
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