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.

Motacilla grandis (Japanese Wagtail)
Motacilla grandis (Japanese Wagtail) Selected
Is a family of wagtail native to Japan. Live near upstream and shoreside of ponds or lakes. The body color resembles white wagtail and but black face with white eyebrow-like line is different. Body color of male and female is almost the same but male have darker shades. Stay alone or in pairs during daytime but are in a small group at night and roost in trees or ceilings. Swing tail up and own and walk around with a quick pace and feed on earthworms and insects. The breeding season is from March to July. Male chirps “choc ho joy joy joy”. Build a cup-shaped nest with fallen leaves in dip in riverbank and space between buildings. Lay four to five eggs in a season. After nestling, live in pairs to spent winter.

●Body Length  about 21 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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