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.

Alcedo atthis (Kingfisher)
Alcedo atthis (Kingfisher) Kingfisher
Have beautiful shiny cobalt blue wings and sometimes called jewel in stream. Also have distinct orange chest. The body color is the same for male and female but female have lower red bill. Found in bogs, rivers, lakes and ponds in mountains and also waterside in cities. Hold territory and live alone except breeding season. Target preys including fish, shrimps and aquatic insects from branches and stakes in water and jump to water to catch them. Male chases female chirping “chi chi pee” during breeding season. Nest by digging a hole in soil wall at waterside and lay five to seven eggs in a season.

●Body Length  about 17 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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