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.

Sitta europaea (Wood Nuthatch)
Sitta europaea (Wood Nuthatch) Wood Nuthatch
Live in broad-leaved forests with maple trees. Live alone or in pairs but some do live with other birds in a paridae family. Have strong legs and toes and distinct sharp bills. Able to hang itself upside-down from branches and hunt for insects and spiders. Place hard nuts in splits of trees and peck to crack to eat. The body color of male and female is almost the same and grayish blue from head to the back and black eye stripe. The breeding season is from April to June and male chirp “fee fee” with high tones. Re-use a nest of woodpeckers. Narrow the entrance with muds and cover the floor with fallen leaves and barks and lay five to eight eggs in a season.

●Body Length  about 14 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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