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.

Turdus pallidus (Pale Thrush)
Turdus pallidus (Pale Thrush) Selected
Is a winter bird fly to Japan to spent winter and native to areas in Ussuri river runs on the border of northeastern China and Russia and Korean Penninsula. Live in forests from flatlands to mountains and also at woody parks and fruit farms. Walk and jump around shady forests and hardly ever come out to open spaces. Hunt for earthworms and larvae from the fallen leaves layers and soils. The body color of male and female is almost the same and gray on the head and dark-greenish dark brown on the back. Gray on abdomen with distinct white center as the Japanese name Shirohara literally meaning white abdomen states. Chirp sounding like “cyo cyo cyo” and “twee” when they are about to fly. Fly back north in spring but some breed in Tsushima in Nagasaki prefecture.

●Body Length  about 25 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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