2. About my study

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1. Narcissus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina


The Narcissus Flycatcher is a small sexually dimorphic passerine that breeds in Northeast Asia and winters in Southeast Asia. One subspecies (Narcissus Flycatcher, F. n. narcissina) breeds in Japan and Sakhalin whilst another subspecies (Ryukyu Flycatcher, F. n. owstoni) breeds in the Ryukyu Islands of southern Japan. The closely related Green-backed Flycatcher F. elisae breeds only in northern China (del Hoyo et al. 2006; Töpfer 2006) and was until recently considered another sub-species of Narcissus Flycatcher. However, recent morphological, acoustic, and molecular studies have shown it to be a distinct species (Li 2004; Töpfer 2006; Zhang et al. 2006).
We are currently carrying out some research projects about the Narcissus Flycatcher, F. n. narcissina.

Aim of our study
1)Figuring out the Breeding Ecology of Narcissus Flycatcher.
2)Elucidating Arrival Strategy of birds.
3)Ascertaining the function of plumage color in the social of Narcissus Flycatcher.
and other many things...

Study site
We study  in the Fuji Primitive Forest (35°27′N, 138°38′E, 1,140 m above sea level,Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan). The forest in the study area consists of two types: deciduous broadleaf forest and evergreen coniferous forest. Deciduous broadleaved forests are dominated by old growth  Japanese Blue Beech F. japonica. The evergreen coniferous forests are dominated by old growth Japanese Cypress Chamaecyparis obtusa and Japanese Hemlock Tsuga sieboldii. We also collecting the data of arrival time and song type of Narcissus Flycatcher all over Japan.HP(Japan Bird research Association)

Research group
Gen Morimoto (Rikkyo university, Yamashina institute for ornithology)
Kentaro Takagi (Japan Bird Research Association)

2. Ecology of New Caledonian Birds

New Caledonia constitutes the Pacific region’s top areas for the number of endemic restricted-range species of birds (BirdLife International 2013), with 24 endemic bird species and 86 native land bird species that breed locally (Barré et al. 2009), however the ecological traits of birds and the resource use of them are not elucidated. Therefore, identifying the ecological traits of birds in New Caledonia is an urgent task.

Aim of our stu

1)Figuring out the breeding ecology of New Caledonian land birds.
2)Suggest conservation action
based on bird ecology.
3)Figuring out the co-evolutionary arms race between a brood parasite, the shining bronze-cuckoo, and the fan-tailed gerygone.

Research group
oucou calédonien