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.

Accipiter gularis (Japanese Lesser Sparrow Hawk)
Accipiter gularis (Japanese Lesser Sparrow Hawk) Buzzard
Is the smallest hawk in Japan. The ones live north of Kyushu is summer birds (fly to one area from spring to summer for breeding and fly back to southern areas in autumn) and fly to Southeast Asia in autumn to spend winter. Live in forests in mountains but also greed in small forests in city area. Fly to Honshu area from March to April in pairs. The body color is bluish black. Male is orange chest and red around eyes and female is gray chest and yellow around eyes. Mainly feed on small birds and sometimes insects. Chase and hunt for birds in forests. During breeding season, fly over trees and chirp “pyoh pyoh pyo pyo”. From May to August, build nests with twigs and branches of needle-leaved tree with leaves on tree and lay three to five eggs in a season.

●Body Length  Male about 27 cm, Female about 30 cm
●Season  March to October (resident bird, bird that stay in the same area all year round, and wandering bird, bird that have different areas for breeding and spending winter)


※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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