Field guide

The front cover of the first edition

A Field Guide to the Birds of Japan is a book about birds written by Joseph A. Massey, Shogo Matsui, Tsutomu Suzuki, Elizabeth P. Swift, Akira Hibi, Noritaka Ichida, Yozo Tsukamoto and Koichiro Sonobe


This book contains lots of useful informations about the Japanese birds. It includes general informations, living regions, eating habits and indentification methods of the various species of the Far-East.


  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgement
  • Checklist of Japanese Birds
  • Identifying Birds with this Book
  • The species
    • Swimmers
    • Aerialists
    • Large Waders
    • Small Waders
    • Birds of Prey
    • Fowl-like Birds
    • Nonpasserine Land Birds
    • Passerine Birds
    • Escapees
  • Bibliography
  • Birdwatching Guide for Japan
  • Index


Text by:

  • Joseph A. Massey
  • Shogo Matsui
  • Tsutomu Suzuki
  • Elizabeth P. Swift
  • Akira Hibi
  • Noritaka Ichida
  • Yozo Tsukamoto
  • Koichiro Sonobe

Illustrations by Shinji Takano.

Distribution maps by Nobuyuki Monna.

Editor in Chief : Koichiro Sonobe

Editor: Jane Washburn Robinson

Foreword by Sir Peter Scott.

First published in 1982 by the Wild Bird Society of Japan.

The English version was published in 1986.