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.

Eophona personata (Japanese Grosbeak)
Eophona personata (Japanese Grosbeak) Selected
Live in forests from flatlands to low elevations and found in Mt. Takao throughout a year. The color of body for male and female is almost the same and black head, long tail and thick and large yellow bills are distinct. Chirp like whistles but also sounds like “tsu kee hee ho shi”, thus it is sometimes called as Japanese paradise flycatcher. Mainly live on trees and feed on soft fruits and buds of trees including aphananthe and Chinese sumac. Sometimes jump on the ground and feed on seeds of plants. Hard seeds are cracked using bills. The breeding season is from mid May to early July. Build a cup-shaped nest with stems and roots on branches of tall trees and lay three to four eggs in a season. From autumn to winter, come down to woods and croplands near residential areas to hunt for preys.

●Body Length  about 23 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)


※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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