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Rare Species That Can Be Seen On Hahajima
Birds you can meet on Hahajima
Meguro (Bonin white eye/ Apalopteron familiare)
Endemic species
Special natural monument
Endangered species

They exist only on the Hahajima Islands They are slightly bigger than the Mejiro and have a dark inverted triangular pattern around the eyes. They mainly live in the forests, but can also be seen in the villages.
  Akagashirakarasubato (Columba janthina nitens)
Endemic subspecies
Natural monument
Endangered species

It possesses a blue/ purple luster that is visible when sunlight hits its black body.
They can sometimes be spotted on Mt. Chibusayama and at Minamizaki Beach.
Various conservation activities are being carried out in order to prevent their extinction. (Photo: Yoshio Tadachi)
  Ogasawarakawarahiwa (Carduelis sinica)(male)
Endemic subspecies
Endangered species@

In recent years they have only been spotted on the Hahajima Islands and Minami Iwo-to. They seem to breed on islands belonging to the Hahajima Island Group, travel to Hahajima around April, and return around September.
Sea Birds
Katsuodori (Gannet)
Gannets are most frequently spotted on the route from Chichijima to Hahajima and mostly breed on islands belonging to the Ogasawara Island group. Sometimes they wander into the villages during the breeding season in spring and when they leave their nests in the fall as the lights in the village misguide them. They are protected when found in the village.
(Puffinus pacificus)

A sea bird that is most often seen on the route between Chichijima and Hahajima. They mostly breed on islands belonging to the Ogasawara Archipelago. The breeding season is during the spring and they leave their nests in the fall. During this time they occasionally they come into the village area as they are attracted by the lights, and are taken into protection when found.
  Kuroajisashi (Brown Noddy)
A sea bird about the same size as a pigeon with a black, streamlined body. They are often seen around Anejima Island from May to August on the Hahajima Islands, but can also be observed from land on Hahajima.
Entertaining Visitors Migratory Birds
Munaguro and Seitakashigi
Tsubamechidori (Pratincole)
This is a migratory bird that travels to Hahajima in the spring and can be spotted at the Hyougidaira Sports Ground or the Old Heliport. The Japanese name includes the word “tsubame” (swallow) since its tail feathers split in a similar way with swallows.
(Photo: Yoshio Tadachi)
  Yatsugashira (Hoopoe)
This bird comes in the spring and rarely in the fall. Its crest resembles the plumes of Native Indians, which are raised when surprised. They can be seen at the Hyougidaira Sports Ground, the Old Heliport, and Minamizaki Beach.
They have black and white stripes that extend from the wings to the tail that are visible when flying.
They can be seen at the Hyougidaira Sports Ground, the Old Heliport, and Minamizaki Beach.
(Photo: Yoshio Tadachi)
  Munaguro (Golden Plover) and Seitakashigi (Black-winged Stilt)
The Munaguro (right photo) are migratory birds that can be seen from the fall until the spring. Flocks can be seen in open spaces such as the Hahajima Elementary School Sports Ground and the Old Heliport. The Seitakashigi (left photo) visits the island during the same period.
Endemic Species of Hahajima
Hahajimanobotan (Melastoma tetramerum var.pentapetal)
Blooming period: From July to August

A pretty flower with 5 light-pink petals. Many of them can be seen from around 300m and above on Mt. Chibusayama. The Muninnobotan (Melastoma tetramerum) of Chichijima has 4 white petals.

Wadannoki (Dendrocacalia crepidifolia)
Blooming period: From October to December

An extremely rare plant that grows about 5m high while it is an Asteracae (family of plants comprising asters and daisies). They can be seen near the summit of Mt. Chibusayama and Mt. Sakaigatake.


Hahajimatobera (Pittosporum parvifolium Hayata var. beecheyi)
Blooming period: From December to February
A plant that differentiated on the Hahajima Islands. It has pretty white flowers with a pleasant fragrance. There is an area where it grows near the entrance of the Minamizaki trail of Omotohama Bridge.

Hoshitsururan   Heranaren   Sekimonnoki
Hoshitsururan (Calanthe hoshii)
Blooming period: From August to September

An endemic orchid that was found by Mr. Atsushi Hoshi  who used to live on Hahajima. They can be seen in within the plant conservation area on Mt. Kuwanokiyama.
  Heranaren (Crepidiastrum linguifolium)
Blooming period: From October to November
A rare short-low tree that is an Asteracae of which the area of distribution is becoming smaller on Hahajima. They are planted in an area that leads to the Minamizaki trail from the southern-most tip of the Metropolitan Road.
  Sekimonnoki (Claoxylon centinarium)
Blooming period: From March to April
A rare species that grows only in the Sekimon Area of Hahajima.

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