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.

Lanius bucephalus (Bull-headed Shrike)
Lanius bucephalus (Bull-headed Shrike) Bull-headed Shrike
Found in open fields with shrubs or low trees. The color of the back is gray and have black eye stripes for male and female have scale-like patterns on chest to abdomen. Feed on insects and frogs and sometimes on small birds. Have an unique habit to pierce preys on twigs or thorns and called Mozu-no-hayanie literally meaning bull-headed shrike quickly cook. Are also good at chirping like other birds including Japanese white eyes. The breeding season is from March to August, start early compare to other birds. Some pairs raise birds twice in early spring and early summer. Build a cup-shaped nest with thin stems and vines on trees and lay four to six eggs each time. Live alone in autumn and hold territory by chirping “khi khili khili” sharply with high tones and fight occasionally.

●Body Length  about 20 cm
●Season  January to December (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)
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