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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.



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


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


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