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Scientific paper
  1. 31. Mizuta, T., Ozaki, K., Sawa, Y., Senda, M., Tomita, N., Nakamura, N., Morimoto, G. and Yuta T. (2022) Bird banding scheme in Japan̶its significance and future perspective. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 54(1): 71–102. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3312/jyio.54.71 (in Japanese)
  2. 30. Kotaka, N., Akai, S., Azuma, R., Ishihara S., Kawaguchi H., Kimoto, Y., Kudaka, M., Sakoda, T., Seki, S., Toguchi Y., Torikai H., Nagai Y., Hiragi T., Hiroyama I., Mizuta, T., Yagihashi, T. and Yamamuro, K. (2022) Breeding bird distributions and zoning of the World Natural Heritage in Amami-Oshima island Tokunoshima island and northern part of Okinawa island. Kyushu Journal of Forest Research No. 75: 63–70.
  3. 29. Nakamura, N., Yuta, T., Senda, M. and Mizuta, T. (2021) Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program in Fukushima, Japan (2018 to 2020). Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 53(1): 44–56. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3312/jyio.53.44 (in Japanese)
  4. 28. Hamada, F. and Mizuta, T. (2020) Unique reproductive traits of the Amami rabbit Pentalagus furnessi: an endangered endemic species from southwestern Japan. Mammal Research 65: 805–813.
  5. 27. Mizuta, T., Takashi, M., Torikai, H., Watanabe, T. and Fukasawa, K. (2017) Song-count surveys and population estimates reveal the recovery of the endangered Amami Thrush Zoothera dauma major, which is endemic to Amami-Oshima Island in south-western Japan. Bird Conservation International 27: 470–482.
  6. 26. Iwami, Y., Abe, Y., Mizuta, T., Someya, S. and Nishiumi, I. (2016) A record of a Japanese Murrelet Synthliboramphus wumizusume chick from Amami-Oshima, Kagoshima, Japan. Japanese Journal of Ornithology 65: 181–185. (in Japanese)
  7. 25. Mizuta, T. (2014) Moonlight-related mortality: lunar influence on roadkill occurrence in the Amami woodcock Scolopax mira. Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 126: 544–552.
  8. 24. Mizuta, T. (2014) Habitat requirements of the endangered Amami Thrush(Zoothera dauma major), endemic to Amami-Oshima Island, southwestern Japan. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 126: 298–304.
  9. 23. Mizuta, T. and Abe, Y. (2012) Bird strikes on window observed in Amami Oshima Island, Kagoshima Pref., Japan. Bird Research 8: A25–A33. (in Japanese)
  10. 22. Kagawa, H., Yamada, H., Lin, R-S., Mizuta, T., Hasegawa, T. and Okanoya, K. (2011) Ecological correlates of song complexity: a case study in white-rumped munias - the implication of relaxation of selection as a cause for signal variation in birdsong-. Interaction Studies 13: 263–284.
  11. 21. Kogaito, G. and Mizuta, T. (2011) First nesting record of a bird of the genus Gorsachius in Miyako Island, south-western Japan. Bird Research 7: S5–S8. (in Japanese)
  12. 20. Hasegawa, M., Mori, A., Nakamura, M., Mizuta, T., Asai, S., Ikeuchi, I., Rakotomanana, H., Okamiya, T. and Yamagishi, S. (2009) Consequence of inter class competition and predation on the adaptive radiation of lizards and birds in the dry forest of western Madagascar. Ornithological Science 8: 55–66.
  13. 19. Mizuta, T. (2009) Nest-site characteristics affecting the risk of nest predation in the Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone mutata: identification of predators and time of nest predation. Ornithological Science 8: 37–42.
  14. 18. Mizuta, T., Torikai, H. and Ishida, K. (2009) Effect of moon brightness on the number of Amami Woodcock Scolopax mira observed on roads. Japanese Journal of Ornithology 58: 91–97. (in Japanese)
  15. 17. Amami Ornithologists’ Club (2008) Breeding population changes of Zoothera major based on singing bird counts (1999-2007). Strix 26: 97–104. (in Japanese)
  16. 16. Ueta, M., Mizuta, T. and Murahama, S. (2007) Recommendation of using temperature sensors to study breeding ecology of birds. Bird Research 3: T29–T32. (in Japanese)
  17. 15. Mizuta, T. (2007) Identification of nest predator and time of predation on the Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher by use of temperature data loggers. Bird Research 3: T21–T28. (in Japanese)

  18. 14. Mori, A. and Mizuta, T. (2006) Envenomation by the madagascan colubrid snake, Ithycyphus miniatus. The Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases 12: 512–520.
  19. 13. Mizuta, T. (2006) Habitat difference in food abundance possibly causes within-population variation in the timing of breeding in the Madagascar paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone mutata). Canadian Journal of Zoology 84: 817–822.

  20. 12. Mizuta, T. (2005) Parental care behavior in the monogamous, sexually dimorphic Madagascar paradise flycatcher: sex differences and the effect of brood size. Ecological Research 20: 547–553.

  21. 11. Mizuta, T., Yamada, H., Lin, R-S., Yodogawa, Y. and Okanoya, K. (2003) Sexing White-rumped Munias in Taiwan, using morphology, DNA and distance calls. Ornithological Science 2: 97–102.

  22. 10. Mizuta, T. (2003) The development of plumage polymorphism in male Madagascar paradise flycatcher Terpsiphone mutata. African Journal of Ecology 41: 124–130.

  23. 9. Asai, S., Mizuta, T., Eguchi, K. and Yamagishi, S. (2002) Environmental cues that initiate reproduction in the Rufous Vanga (Schetba rufa). Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 34: 232–239.

  24. 8. Mizuta, T. (2002) Predation by Eulemur fulvus fulvus on a nestling of Terpsiphone mutata (Aves: Monarchidae) in dry forest in northwestern Madagascar. Folia Primatologica 73: 217–219.

  25. 7. Mizuta, T. (2002) Breeding biology of the Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone mutata with special reference to plumage variation in males. Ostrich 73: 67–69.

  26. 6. Mizuta, T. (2002) Seasonal change in egg mass and timing of laying in the Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone mutata. Ostrich 73: 5–10.

  27. 5. Mizuta, T., Nakamura, M. and Yamagishi, S. (2001) Breeding Ecology of Van Dam’s Vanga Xenopirostris damii, An Endemic Species in Madagascar. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 33: 15–24.

  28. 4. Mizuta, T. (2000) Intrusion into neighboring home range by male Madagascar Paradise Flycatchers Terpsiphone mutata: a circumstantial evidence for extra-pair copulation. Journal of Ethology 18: 123–126.

  29. 3. Mizuta, T. and Yamagishi, S. (1998) Breeding biology of monogamous Asian Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi (Aves: Monarchinae): a special reference to colour dimorphism and exaggerated long tails in male. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 46: 101–112.

  30. 2. Mizuta, T. (1998) The breeding biology of the Asian Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi in Khao Pra-Bang Khram wildlife sanctuary, southern Thailand. Natural History Bulletin of Siam Society 46: 27–42.

  31. 1. Mizuta, T. (1998) The breeding biology of the Black Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone atrocaudata. Japanese Journal of Ornithology 47: 25–28.

  1. 8. Mizuta, T. and Takagi, M. (eds) (2018) Ornithology in islands–Natural history studies of birds in Nansei-shoto islands. Kaiyusha. (in Japanese)

  2. 7. Mizuta, T. (2016) Discoveries in Field Work No. 23. Amami thrush, a phantom bird sings beautifully. Tokai University Press. (in Japanese)

  3. 6. Mizuta, T. (ed) (2016) Natural history studies in Amami–Biodiversity in subtropical islands. Tokai University Press. (in Japanese)

  4. 5. Mizuta, T. (2005) Ampijoroa Forest, home to the Rufous Vanga. In: Yamagishi, S. (ed), Social Organization of the Rufous Vanga. The Ecology of Vangas-Bird Endemic to Madagascar. P. 15–40. Kyoto University Press and Trans Pacific Press, Kyoto and Melbourne.

  5. 4. Urano, E. and Mizuta, T. (2002) Special issue for 90th anniversary of the Ornithological Society of Japan. A table of contents from the first volume of Tori to Vol. 50 of Japanese Journal of Ornithology (Japanese Journal of Ornithology, Vol. 51, Special Issue). The Ornithological Society of Japan, Tokyo. (in Japanese and English)

  6. 3. Mizuta, T. (2002) Ampijoroa Forest, inhabited by Rufous Vangas. In: Satoshi Yamagishi (ed), Social Organization of the Rufous Vanga. P. 15–47. Kyoto University Press, Kyoto. (in Japanese)

  7. 2. Mizuta, T. (2001) Birds of Madagascar. In: Obara, H., Uramoto, M., Ota, H. and Matsui, M. (eds), Red Data Animals Vol. 8, Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. P. 114, 211, 213–214. Kodansha, Tokyo. (in Japanese)

  8. 1. Mizuta, T. (1997) Black Paradise Flycatcher. In: Higuchi, H., Morioka, H. and Yamagishi, S. (eds), The Encyclopedia of Animals in Japan, Birds, II. P. 122–123, 125. Heibonsha, Tokyo. (in Japanese)

  1. 4. Mizuta, T., Ozaki, K., Sawa, Y., Senda, M., Tomita, N., Nakamura, N., Morimoto, G. & Yuta, T. 2022. Bird Banding Scheme in Japan—Its Significance and Future Perspective. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 54: 71-102. (in Japanese)

  2. 3. Yoshihara, R., Goto, Y., Kitaura, K. and Mizuta, T. (2016) A record of Fairy Pitta Pitta nympha on Amami-Oshima Island, Kagoshima, southwestern Japan. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 48: 12–15. (in Japanese)

  3. 2. Mizuta, T., Utsunomiya,H., Torikai, H. and Abe, Y. (2009) A record of Gray’s Grasshopper Warbler found on a ferry sailing from Kyushu to Amami-Oshima Island. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 41: 65-68. (in Japanese)

  4. 1. Sakoda, T., Nagai, Y. and Mizuta, T. (2007) First observation of Rana amamiensis tadpoles in the field. Blletin of the Herpetological Society of Japan Vol. 2007(1): 5–8. (in Japanese)