Treasures of Mt. Takao

One of great attraction of Mt. Takao is to be able to observe all kinds of birds. Its number is almost 150 kinds which is one third of the species confirmed in all over Japan. Mt. Takao is the paradise for birds and one of the best place for bird watching. Various kinds of birds and its lifestyle could be observed including summer birds come in spring time, winter birds come from the higher altitude and hearing beautiful bird songs during breeding season.

Ardea cinerea (Grey Heron)
Ardea cinerea (Grey Heron) Egret
The largest heron distributed in Japan. Have skinny body with long legs and neck. The body color of male and female is bluish gray. Adults have decorative black feathers on head and not on young birds. Live near coastline, mudflats, rivers, lakes, ponds and swamps and sometimes come to streams in Mt. Takao. Rest in a group during daytime and hunt for preys from late afternoon to the following morning. Feed on fish, frogs, crayfish and sometimes snakes, rats and baby birds. Catch small fish with a bill but catch large fish by piercing them with the tip of bill. Build a colony for breeding and build a dish-shaped nest with twigs on the tall trees in forests. The breeding season is from April to May and lays three to six eggs in a season.

●Body Length  about 93 cm
●Season  January to December (resident bird, bird that stay in the same area all year round)
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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