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National bird of Japan


The pheasant is regarded as the national bird of Japan. There is no regally designated bird as national bird. The Japanese green pheasant is unique and it appears in Japanese folktale and so has become an integral part of Japanese cultural landscape.

national bird

The green pheasant also known as Japanese pheasant is native to the Japanese Archipelago, to which it is endemic. The male has dark green plumage on the breast and mantle. The male also has an iridescent violet neck, red bare facial skin and purplish green tail. The female is smaller than the male and has plumage ranging from light brown with dark spots to an all over dark brown.

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