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Gabicho - Chinese hwamei

We spotted this little fellow the other day while hiking. "Spotted" isn't actually quite correct, we noticed his most amazing song.

It's a gabicho (ガビチョウ, Garrulax canorus) or a Chinese hwamei. "Hwamei" comes from the Chinese 画眉 (huà-méi), meaning "painted eyebrow". In Japan, gabicho are classified as an invasive species that was introduced as caged birds and established themselves in Kyushu and southwestern Japan.

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The photos above were slightly blown up, see the original below. That was as close as we could get.

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More info (and a recording of their beautiful song) on this website:

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