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.

Emberiza rustica (Rustic Bunting)
Emberiza rustica (Rustic Bunting) Selected
Fly back to Japan in autumn from breeding ground in Siberia. The Japanese name Kashira-daka literally meaning tall head was named because the feathers on heads are upright and looks tall. It also looks like Mohican haircut. Is very similar to Siberian meadow bunting but it is easy to identify the difference by looking at their heads. In winter, head and cheeks are brown in winter but in summer head is black with white stripe over the eye. Found in riverbeds, croplands and woods from flatlands to mountains. Live in a small group. Gather at the open space near forests and jump around and feed on seeds of plants. When surprised, jump to branches and upright feathers on the head. Chirp sounding like “chi” and “pee chuku pee chuku” in spring.

●Body Length  about 15 cm
●Season  November to March (Winter bird, fly to Japan in autumn and spend winter and fly away in spring.)
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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