Our first sighting of a Scaly Thrush (Toratsugumiトラツグミ)
He really is scaly!
He seemed to prefer being in the shade rather than in the bright open area and we noticed he constantly shook his body back and forth.
His plumage is just like the fallen leaves in the area where he was foraging.
A cat scared him and he disappeared into the bushes...
The Scaly Thrush is the largest thrush (about 30cm) seen in Japan. It winters in the lowlands and breeds in the woods in the mountains. Because their song sounds like sad whistles and they sing even after dark, they were once thought to be spirits living in the woods.