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.

Streptopelia orientalis (Rufous Turtle Dove)
Streptopelia orientalis (Rufous Turtle Dove) Dove
The Japanese name Kijibato was named because the red-brown feather patterns resemble pheasants. Are also called as Yamabato literally meaning birds in mountains but they are distributed widely even at parks and street trees in cities. Rest on electric wires and chirp with low voice “coo coo coo”. Feed mainly on nuts of trees and plants but also breads and cereals. Married couple lives together and normally have good relationship. During breeding season, male bow repeatedly and fly upward fast and fly down for courtship. Build a simple nest with twigs from April to July and lay two eggs in a season.

●Body Length  about 33 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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