Eurasian Magpies

Eurasian Magpies

Eurasian Magpies It is believed that the origins of Kachigarasu lie with Lord Nabeshima, who was dispatched to Korea during Hideyoshi Toyotomi's Bunroku and Keicho invasions, seeing this bird with its cry of "kachi, kachi, kachi", bringing it back to Japan believing it was good luck, and protecting it. This bird, whose official name is "Eurasian magpie" is a member of the crow family, but is smaller than a crow. With its beautifully-contrasting colors of black and white, it was designated as a natural monument of Japan in 1923, and chosen as the prefecture bird by Saga prefecture in 1965. Originally, the Eurasian magpie is part of a family comprising of 13 different species which inhabit Africa's northwest and all regions of the northern hemisphere. The Eurasian magpie of Saga prefecture is the same as the species distributed across southeast Asia. Eurasian magpies are monogamous and maintain the same territory for many years, raising their young together. In autumn, these birds create quite a stir when young pairs leave their nest and challenge older pairs for territory. As they shriek fiercely at one another, they actually make a somewhat humorous spectacle, which has become a familiar Saga scene.

● Distributed: Across Saga Prefecture
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