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.

Parus ater (Coal Tit)
Parus ater (Coal Tit) Great Tit
Is the smallest bird in a paridae family. This species, willow tit and Japanese tit are very similar but this species have small crown-like feathers on black head. This is where to identify this species from others. Found in forests from flatlands to mountains. Live on trees and jump to branches and leaves and feed on bugs, spiders, seeds of plants and nuts of trees. The breeding season is from May to June and chirp sounding like “tu tutee tu lili” with thin and high tones to inform own territory. Build a nest in holes of trees, old nest of woodpecker or a bird box cover the floor with hair of animals and moss. Lay five to eight eggs in a season. Are in a small group with other birds in paridae family except breeding season.

●Body Length  about 11 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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