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 cinerea (Grey Wagtail)
Motacilla cinerea (Grey Wagtail) Selected
Live at waterside including rivers, ponds and lakes and prefer streams the best. Sometimes come to parks in cities. The body shape is skinny with long tail. The color of body for male and female is almost the same and gray on the back, yellow on the chest and white on throat but it turns to black on male during summer. Live alone except breeding season. Walk bustling while swinging tail up and down. Feed on aquatic insects hidden in water and under rocks. Male chirps sounding like “chi chi chi” on roofs or electric wires. Build a nest with twigs and fallen plants on space between rocks and ceilings and lay four to six eggs in a season.

●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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