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Web-GIS Atlas of Birds (Bird Banding Survey, Data of recovery records)


Web-GIS Atlas of Birds (Bird Banding Survey, Data of recovery records)

The Web-GIS Atlas of Birds displays records of bird migrations on a Google Earth map based on results from bird banding surveys (data of recovery records). The survey was conducted by Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment.
Records from 1961 to 2011 are available here. In addition to records from 1961 to 1995 compiled as "The Atlas of Birds "in 2002, we published records from 1996 to 2011. We reorganized and compiled as the Web-version "The Atlas of Birds" with some additional entries to every record: release/recovery dates, sex and other detailed information. Although some data such as those regarding the total number of newly released, recovered birds are not to be published, we plan to continue adding our new results from now on.


The track data shown on Google Earth
    How to use the Web-GIS Atlas of Birds
  1. Conduct a search by using any one of the following search methods: name of bird (english name), sites name, or scientific name.
  2. Launch Google Earth by clicking the map image on each bird species information page.
  3. In Google Earth, clicking the tracks will display release / recovery data.
  4. The rough location of release / recovery sites are displayed as a circle with a 1km radius.
  5. Release sites are displayed as, and the recovery sites as ●. (When zoomed in, both are displayed as circles)
  6. The straight lines display simplified representations of release and recovery points, and do not represent individual migration route.
  7. During circumstances when the amount of data is high, they might not display in its entirety right after launching. To display data by a specified time frame, click "Place" on the right side of the screen, and display data of choice.

Use of bird banding data

The data obtained in the bird banding survey commissioned to the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology by the Ministry of the Environment are owned by the latter and managed by the former. These data are accessible by the public for the purpose of contributing to the promotion of measures and research regarding wildlife protection.
For details, including procedures for the use of the data, please go to the following site:


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