Japan is a beautiful country, from cherry blossoms to Mt. Fuji, and Sushi to Teppanyaki, it is a must-see destination for many people.
For many a once-in-a-lifetime destination so you need to plan your trip wisely so as not to miss out on a thing.
Meet The Shima-enaga!
That being the case if you ever find yourself on the island of Hokkaido make sure you look out for a tiny species of bird called the Shima-enaga, which can only be found in this region of Japan.
A species of long-tailed tit, with tiny black eyes, they are closely related to other tit species in Europe and Asia. Extremely cute they look like flying pieces of cotton candy.
At first glance, these birds look like tiny toys and other closely relates species can be found in various places of Europe and Asia, but the white and fluffy ones are specific to this area. Hokkaido island is well-known for its national parks and its high number of bird populations, but the park is rich in other wildlife too and all the animals living there are accustomed to tourists.
The Shima-enaga birds don’t like cold areas, so to prepare for the colder season, they require access to energy-rich food. They reach a size of 13-15 cm in adulthood and weigh 7-9 grams. They also live in large flocks as they tend to live a communal life, so you will most probably see them sitting in large groups.
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