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72 Seasons

Many people will have heard the high-pitched chi-chi-chi-chi call of the wagtail. It lives mostly by the water’s edge, but sometimes makes its nest in the eaves of houses and in stone walls, too. Called "tsutsu" in Japanese, its long tail which wags up and down as it walks gives it its English name. In Japan too, it is sometimes knows as "ishitataki", or stone hitter, for the same reason. In the Kojiki book of Japanese myths, the gods Izanaginomikoto and Izanaminomikoto are said to have learnt their courting dance from the wagtail, and so it is sometimes known as the "Oshiedori", or teacher bird.
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