Tanchozuru

1990 FS. Discovered 1990 Mar. 16 by M. Matsuyama and K. Watanabe at Kushiro.

Named for the crane that mainly inhabits Kushiro Marsh Nationalpark in eastern Hokkaido. This bird is designated as a Special Natural Species. The white-bodied bird is about 1 meter in height and characterized by partial black plumage and a red spotted head. It is widely regarded in Japan as a lucky bird. Although the bird was once nearly exterminated, conservation means that there are now more than 400 individuals. (M 22506)

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