Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Oriental Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

Adult Oriental Greenfinch (subspecies C. s. minor) at Kyu Yasuda Park, Tokyo, Japan - July 2013

OTHER NAMES: Grey-capped Greenfinch, Chinese Greenfinch
Local Name (Japan): Kawara hiwa - (カワラヒワ) - "River-bed Siskin"
Featured Subspecies: Chloris sinica minor
Weight: 31g
Length: 15cm
Wingspan: ?

NO UK STATUS  / IUCN Red List Least Concern

The Oriental Greenfinch, is as the name suggests essentially the Greenfinch of East Asia, although physically it resembles a cross between a Goldfinch and Greenfinch.  Also known as the Grey-capped Greenfinch, it can be seen in a wide variety of habitats both urban and rural.  It doesn't seem to be that confiding, on my trip to Kyoto I saw in on numerous occasions, largely in flight or high in the trees, while on my Tokyo trip, I got this much better view.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Chloris
Subspecies: C. s. sincica, C. s. chabarowi, C. s. ussuriensis, C. s. kawarahiba, C. s. minor, C. s. kittlitzi

 - Sighting Locations -
JAPAN  A locally common resident.
 - KYOTO/OSAKA 2013 TRIP: Common throughout Kyoto
 - TOKYO/HOKKAIDO 2014 TRIP: Several seen in Tokyo

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, Birdforum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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