The naming convention is taken from 'An Annotated Checklist of the Birds of the Oriental Region' by Inskipp, Lindsey and Duckworth, apart from those marked with * which are possible splits as new species.


The numbers by the sites refer to 'A birdwatchers guide to Japan' by Mark Brazil.

Meji Jingu (#1) has woodland birds such as Varied Tit and Pygmy Woodpecker. We found the best part was down by the Iris Garden as this had an entrance fee and so was a bit quieter apart from when the Irises are in bloom in June ! Ueno Park (#2) has a few large ponds which have loads of wildfowl in winter and still a few species in May. In the zoo there is a Cormorant colony with a few gulls hanging around it but you can see this from the road. The best place was Oi Wild bird Park (#3) on Tokyo Bay near Haneda Airport. This is slowly being surrounded by industrial units as the bay is reclaimed but still had good numbers of waders. Mandarin Ducks really eluded us and we only saw a pair at the National Centre for Nature Study. Early May when the Sumo tournament is on, there is a little park open next to the arena which had quite a few birds in.

M=Meji Jingu, O=Oi Wildbird Park, U = Ueno Park

1	Cygnus olor		Mute Swan (Imperial Palace Moat)
2	Aix galericulata	Mandarin Duck (National Centre for Nature Study)
3	Anas platyrhynchos	Mallard (U)
4	Anas poecilorhyncha	Spot-billed Duck (M,O,U)
5	Anas crecca crecca	Common Teal (O)
6	Aythya ferina		Common Pochard (O,U)
7	Dendrocopos kizuki	Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (M)
8	Alcedo atthis		Common Kingfisher (M)
9	Psittacula krameri	Rose-ringed Parakeet (around National Stadium)
10	Streptopelia orientalis	Oriental Turtle-Dove (from train etc.)
11	Gallinula chloropus	Common Moorhen (U)
12	Fulica atra		Common Coot (O)
13	Gallinago gallinago	Common Snipe (O)
14	Numenius phaeopus	Whimbrel (O)
15	Tringa nebularia	Common Greenshank (O)
16	Tringa hypoleucos	Common Sandpiper (O)
17	Tringa brevipes		Grey-tailed Tattler (O)
18	Arenaria interpres	Ruddy Turnstone (O)
19	Calidris ruficollis	Red-necked Stint (O)
20	Calidris alpina		Dunlin (O)
21	Himantopus himantopus	Black-winged Stilt (O)
22	Charadrius dubius	Little Ringed Plover (O)
23	Charadrius mongolus	Lesser Sand Plover (O)
24	Larus crassirostris	Black-tailed Gull (U)
25	Larus ridibundus	Common Black-headed Gull (U)
26	Sterna albifrons	Little Tern (O)
27	Tachybaptus ruficollis 	Little Grebe (U,O)
28	Phalacrocorax carbo	Great Cormorant (U)
29	Egretta garzetta	Little Egret (O)
30	Ardea cinerea		Grey Heron (M,O,U)
31	Aredea alba		Great Egret (O,U)
32	Cyanopica cyana		Azure-winged Magpie (park next to Sumo arena)
33	Corvus macrorhynchos	Large-billed Crow (everywhere)
34	Sturnus cineraceus	White-cheeked Starling (M,O,U)
35	Troglodytes troglodytes	Winter Wren (U)
36	Parus major		Great Tit (M,O,U)
37	Parus varius		Varied Tit (M)
38	Hirundo rustica		Barn Swallow (M)
39	Delichon dasypus	Asian House-Martin (park next to Sumo arena)
40	Ixos amaurotis		Brown-eared Bulbul (M,O,U)
41	Zosterops japonicus	Japanese White-eye (M)
42	Cettia diphone		Japanese Bush-Warbler (M,U)
43	Passer montanus		Eurasian Tree Sparrow (everywhere)
44	* Motacilla lugens	Black-backed Wagtail (from train)
45	Motacilla grandis	Japanese Wagtail
46	Carduelis sinica	Grey-capped Greenfinch (O)

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