Okinawa Prefecture

Brown eared Bulbul

It belongs to the department of Bulbul, and the bodily length is 27.5cm. The bodily color is ash-brown. A cheek is brown and the tail is a little long. The islands, around Nannsei islands through Hokkaido and Honshuu are inhabited. The copse of lowlands, pine groves, and a deciduous broad-leaved tree wood are inhabited. Breeding season is May to July, and a nest is...

White breasted Water hen

It belongs the department of water rail and the bodily length is 33cm. As for the adult birds, the undersurface is whitish and the upper surface is dark brown. The beak and the legs are yellowish green and the base of a leg is red. Mangrove forests, paddy fields, swamps, rivers, and farming fields are inhabited, and a nest is made in a mangrove tree. It moves tail...

Purple Heron

Purple Heron belongs to the department of Heron, and the bodily total length is 80cm. The bodily color on the whole is purplish brown. A male has clear lines of yellow and black, which appeared on the back of the head, and from cheek to neck. The beak is yellow and the legs are blackish. Yaeyama Islands are the northern limit of breeding distribution, and it inhabits...

Ishigaki lizard

Ishigaki lizard belongs to the family of Sukinku, and it is the smallest in the genus of the stripe lizard in Japan, the total length is 15cm. The length of a trunk from head is 55 to 80mm, and there is a vertical bar of five to seven whitish yellow on the trunk, and one of them passes along the ear top. Bodily color and bodily spots have much variation. A...

Erabu sea snake

Erabu sea snake belongs to the department of Cobra, and the total length is 1m to 1.3m. It is sea snake with poison often seen in a coral reef. The head is short, there is no constriction of the neck and its trunk is thick. A tail like a fin consists extended by skin variation without support to the projection of the tail. Width of the belly is narrow. It is...

Kishinoue Lizard

Kishinoue Lizard (Kishinouetokage) belongs to the department of Lizard, and total length is 39cm. It is the greatest lizard present in Japan, it can be seen along a road and in opened place mostly. Small animals, such as an insects and frogs, are used as food. The length of a trunk from the head is mostly half occupied by the whole length. The width of a trunk is...

House gecko

The total length is 9cm to 11cm. It scurries around the wall and ceiling of a house and it howls as if it ridicules man. Because insects are eaten, it gathers around electric lights in large numbers. Although a bodily color is gray, it changes with environment from whitish one to the blackish one. Since these lizards fight a many themselves, many lose their tails,...

The Coconut crab (The highlight)

The coconut crab is the department of the Oyadokari, the shell length is 12cm, and the weight is 1.3kg or more. It is nocturnal and is hiding during daytime. Although it is the category of a hermit crab, there is the feature without a house. Food mainly likes and eats a coconut and the fruit of pandanus. Eggs are laid two times along the seashore per year. On a...

Ogomadara

Ogomadara is the biggest butterfly, which inhabit Japan and is seen in Ishigaki-jima Island, Iriomotejima-Island whole year. Ogomadara eats Houraikagami, (the kind of the grass) which has a toxin, at the time of a larva, and putting the poison into the body, it becomes golden pupa and approximately two weeks later become an imago. In order to take poison into the...

Sokochi Beach (a scenic spot)

Sokochi beach is located on the northernmost tip of Ishigaki Island, there it is shallow to a considerable distance from the shore and white sands continue 2km. It is equipped fully with a locker room, a shower, etc., and a wonderful place to enjoy leisure time.

Mount Nosoko(A scenic spot)

Mount Nosoko is a sharp mountain with an altitude of 282.4m in the mountains in a row to Nokozaki on the northern part of Ishigaki Island. The legend about this mountain is left according to this, a young lady named Mapee had a sweetheart named Knimui, but he moved to Kuroshima Island. After that, she climbs a mountain every day, to want to meet him and continued...

Seishika Bridge (a Beautiful place)

Seishika bridge is in the center of Ishigaki Island, it is the only suspension bridge with color of pink. The observation zone includes the circumference of Ishigaki dam from the north entrance of the park to the animals and plants. As the park, is built on the mountain, from March to April it is a place with a marvelous view of flowers of Seishika blooming all over...

Mount Omoto (A Scenic spot)

Mt. Omoto is located on center part of Ishigaki Island, altitude is 526m, and is the highest mountain in Okinawa. The people of the village call this mountain “Umutudagi”, and it has been the place of faith since ancient times. This mountain has beautiful woods, and Arakawa on the hillside, is famous also as spontaneous generation field of Kanhizakura.

Ryukyu Chishanoki of Miyatori Utaki (Natural treasure)

Four Ryukyu Chishanoki are grown at Miyatori Utaki, and it is located on the south of Ishigaki elementary school. This tree is very big, is 7-11m high, and diameter is 20 to 70 cm. Although this tree is mainly distributed in Australia, it skipped over Taiwan (it did not grow in Taiwan). A few trees grow naturally in the woods of seashore on Yaeyama Islands such as...

Semaruhakogame (Natural treasure)

Semaruhakogame lives in wetland of mangrove forest or the stream of a mountain. The tortoise, is living in the woods, and is hiding under the stones or fallen trees, and fallen leaves, in daytime. It is the nocturnal and does not go into water. The length of the shell is 17cm. When attacked by the enemy, its hands and feet will be retracted and covered with a shell....