June 10, 2016  – Japanese Bush Warbler or Uguisu (Horornis diphone)

Requested by: @makura-no-soushi

These warblers are found throughout Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, the northern Philippines and southern Russia. They feed mainly on flies, worms, moths, beetles, and grasshoppers, and also forage for fruit and berries. Females build cup nests from twigs, leaves, and moss and incubate the eggs and care for the chicks. Uguisu guano has been used as an ingredient in skin creams, which, along with their songs, has resulted in a large captive population in Japan. Despite habitat destruction and some population decline, they are classified as a species of Least Concern and most populations appear stable.

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