Japanese Bush Warbler

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Japanese Bush Warbler

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Character Data
Japanese Name: ウグイス
Romanised Name: uguisu
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Horornis diphone
Distribution: Asia
Diet: Omnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 2-5 years
Read More: Japanese bush warbler
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Japanese Bush Warbler Nexon Game

The Japanese Bush Warbler is a type of bird Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.


Japanese Bush Warbler has a fair complexion and rich brown eyes. Around the edges of her eyes are a lighter brown hue. Her cheeks have a light pink rouge dusted on them.

Her hair has varying hues of olive brown, with the roots being a true olive brown and the bangs and tips being a lighter olive. Her center bang is peach colored to represent a beak. As is common with avian Friends, she has wings on either side of her head that are almost a bronze-green color, very similar to the real bird. Adorning her left bangs are two Sakura blossoms with three tiny leaves poking out.

Her clothing consists of a rich, earthy green kimono that stops at the waist. She has a pink skirt with red sakura blossoms that reaches mid-thigh. The stockings are a light cocoa brown and the shoes are in the Mary Jane style. They appear to be the same peach shade as Warbler's center bang.

Lastly, her tail is layered with a dusty green at the base and dusty yellow at the tip. She carries a calligraphy brush and pad of paper.

Series Appearances

Appearances In Kemono Friends Media
Media Role

In Real Life

Cettia diphone cantans (Japanese Bush Warbler) crying, male in Aichi prefecture, Japan. Photo by Unknown.

Japanese Bush Warblers are a small Asian passerine bird which is more often seen than heard. It resides year-round in Japan (except for the Hokkaidō island, in which it is only found in the summers) and the Philippines. During the summer months it can be found in Hokkaidō, Manchuria, Korea, and central China. In winter, the bush-warbler can also be found in southern China and Taiwan. Between 1929 and 1941, it was introduced to Oahu and has since then spread throughout the main Hawaiian Islands.

The distinct singing call of the Japanese Bush Warbler has lead to it becoming a popular cage bird in Japan. It is a popular motif in Japanese poetry, including waka, haiku, and renga, and in poetry is commonly associated with the ume flower.

The beauty of its song led to the English name Japanese Nightingale, even though the Japanese Bush Warbler does not sing at night as the European nightingale does (this name is no longer commonly used).


  • It has a beak that curves up making it look like it is smiling.
  • The warbling call is viewed by the Japanese as a herald of springtime.
  • The Japanese people refer to it as "uguisu" (鶯)
  • An uguisu-jō (jō = woman) is a female announcer at Japanese baseball games, or a woman employed to advertise products and sales with a microphone outside retail stores. These women are employed because of their beautiful 'warbling' voices.



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