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Manu Minute: The shy Japanese bush warbler

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Ian Davies
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Macaulay Library ML 24366041
The inconspicuous Japanese bush warbler has a melodious song that signifies the beginning of spring.

Hawaiʻi is the only place in the world where uguisu, or Japanese bush warblers, have become established outside their natural range. You can find them in scrubby vegetation from Kauaʻi to Hawaiʻi Island.

These birds are beloved in Japan, where their song is viewed as one of the first signs of spring.

AMTJ_Japanese bush warbler Spectrogram Video.mp4

Audio credit:  Peter Boesman, Macaulay Library at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology (ML281741)

Patrick Hart is the host of HPR's Manu Minute. He runs the Listening Observatory for Hawaiian Ecosystems (LOHE) Lab at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson is the Lab Manager & Research Technician in the Hart Lab/Listening Observatory for Hawaiian Ecosystems (LOHE) Bioacoustics Lab. She researches the ecology, bioacoustics, and conservation of our native Hawaiian forests, birds, and bats.
Savannah Harriman-Pote is the energy and climate change reporter.
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