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Common Japanese Bird ID from Non-birders description

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Old Friday 9th November 2007, 04:03   #1
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Common Japanese Bird ID from Non-birders description

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My brother is currently in Kyoto. Below is his appalling description of a bird. Any Ideas what it is likely to be? I have to find out - any opportunity to widen his interest in the natural world can't be overlooked.

'small, thin, black and white, very nippy, they even seem to hover sometimes like hummingbirds.'

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Maybe, if really tiny, Long-tailed Tit. Have your brother ask a Japanese for the Japanese name written in romanization -- Long-tailed Tit would be enaga.
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Long-tailed Tit sounds like a good call, but I guess a Japanese Wagtail or White Wagtail is not out of the question either as they can be quite nippy and often hover trying to feed on flies, though of course they are not as small as Long-tailed Tit.

The Japanese for the wagtails is Segurosekirei and Hakusekirei respectively.

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Long-tailed Tit sounds like a good call, but I guess a Japanese Wagtail or White Wagtail is not out of the question either as they can be quite nippy and often hover trying to feed on flies, though of course they are not as small as Long-tailed Tit.

The Japanese for the wagtails is Segurosekirei and Hakusekirei respectively.

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Thought you'd come along with that, Sean, thanks. I was going to mention them first but changed to tit. (Also, streatham, ask your brother if the birds are seen on the ground a lot, that would be a clue to wagtail vs tit.)

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Hi Sean and Marie. Thanks for your help - my insidious plan to turn him into a birder starts to take shape My guess is that it's the Wagtail. I will give him both options though.

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I don't recall ever seeing a Long-tailed Tit hover, whereas wagtails can momentarily hover as they attempt to snatch a fly out of the air, plus they can be very 'nippy' when flycatching. So my vote would be for wagtail sp. too.
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My brother has officially gone with Wagtail sp - Thanks for the help all. I am now trying to persuade him to get a pair of cheap bins.

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