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Many Species of Birds Come to DPRK

Pyongyang, May 2 (KCNA) — Lots of birds have come to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to habit in mountains, fields, rivers and lakes.

There are over 110 species of summer migrants. Among them are pied wagtail, hoopoe and grey starting coming in spring from the Southeast Asia including the southern part of China, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand.

Black-napped oriole, lark, cuckoo, white heron and 60 other species of birds make nests in Mangyong Hill, Moran Hill and other thickly wooded parts of Pyongyang.

Mandarin duck, broad-billed roller, scops owl, paradise flycatcher, fairy pitta, class of Swinhoe’s willow-warbler such as pale-legged willow warbler and crowned willow warbler, and rapacious birds inhabit Mts. Paektu, Kumgang, Myohyang, Chilbo and Kuwol and other scenic spots of the country.

Winter migratory birds including golden-eye, dabchick, osprey, white-fronted goose, brambling, waxwing and crane come to Korea with rich feed sources. And flocks of birds including various species of snipe and wild goose stay in the country for several days.
Turdus merula and goosander which had not been seen have been observed in the country in recent years. White stork, reef heron, blackfaced spoonbill, crested ibis and bustard which are rare in the world are also seen in the country.

Migratory grosbeak, mallard and coot, which had been known as migratory birds, live in the country all the year round, attracting interest of ornithologists.

The species of migratory birds coming to the country amount to more than 310.

According to Dr. Choe Jong Sik, head of the Ecological Chair of the Faculty of Life Science of Kim Il Sung University, the government has set March and July as months for protection of useful animals. During the period, various activities such as planting trees, improving rivers and marsh land, installing artificial nests and protecting nests for breeding are conducted to provide good environment for birds.

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