Artist: Ohara Koson (小原古邨) / Shōson (祥邨)

Print: Blue-and-white flycatcher on a maple branch -
its Japanese name is ōruri (おおるり)

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Dates: circa 1910,created
Dimensions: 5.0 in,10.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Koson (古邨)
Seal: Koson

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The blue-and-white flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana) according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources is not an endangered species. They note that this migratory bird is native to "Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; China; Hong Kong; Indonesia; Japan; Korea, Democratic People's Republic of; Korea, Republic of; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Russian Federation (Eastern Asian Russia); Singapore; Taiwan, Province of China; Thailand; [and] Viet Nam." They tell us that there are ca. 1,000 to 10,000 migratory individuals to be seen in Japan in a year's time.

In Japan it is referred to as the ōruri (おおるり).

The blue-and-white flycatcher was given its Latin name by "Coenraad Jacob Temminck (1778–1858), Lord Burgomaster, was a Dutch naturalist and museum director of the National Museum of Natural History in Leiden." (Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art)


This print is illustrated in a small black and white reproduction in the back of Crows, Cranes & Camellias. The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, p. 173, K10.3.