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 montanus (Willow Tit)
Parus montanus (Willow Tit) Great Tit
Many are found in forests in mountains over 1,500 meters elevations but some are in low elevations. The body color of male and female is almost the same, black on the head, light brown on the back and white on cheek and abdomen. Live in groups around broad-leaved trees including quercus serrata and maple trees. Catch bugs and spiders by pecking branches and trunk of trees and also feed on seeds of plants and nuts of trees. Have a habit of hiding nuts of tree in hollows of trees. The breeding season is from May to July. Male chirp slowly sounding like “ hitcho ci choo” and “tu pi tu pi tu pi” for announcing their territory. Nest by digging a hole in half-dead tree and cover the floor with soft materials like soften barks. Lay five to eight eggs in a sesason. In winter, many of them are in a group with birds in paridae family.

●Body Length  about 13 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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