Birds Nest in Kum­su­san Palace of the Sun

Korea (English) - - CONTENTS - Ar­ti­cle: Song Jong Ryol

Birds of south­ern ori­gin have nested in the ar­bore­tum of the Kum­su­san Palace of the Sun, which has been im­proved as be­fits the sa­cred place of the Sun.

Ac­cord­ing to the ob­ser­va­tion con­ducted by or­nithol­o­gists at the Zo­ol­ogy In­sti­tute of the State Academy of Sciences, Egretta in­ter­me­dia (Wa­gler, 1829) and Nyc­ti­co­rax nyc­ti­co­rax (Lin­naeus, 1758), birds of south­ern ori­gin, have nested in and in­hab­ited the ar­bore­tum for years. The num­ber reaches over 1 600 at present.

Egretta in­ter­me­dia, also known as “black-legged white heron,” is 58-68 cm long, weighs 500-550 grams and is medium-sized in the fam­ily of white herons. The bird is now un­der strict con­ser­va­tion as its num­bers are de­creas­ing world­wide. Its shape and fig­ure, colour, twit­ter­ing and fly­ing add a spe­cial touch of beauty to wa­ter ar­eas, fields and nat­u­ral scenery.

Nyc­ti­co­rax nyc­ti­co­rax is mainly ac­tive at night. It is 58-60 cm long, and male and fe­male birds weigh 550 and 440 grams re­spec­tively.

It is a con­spic­u­ous phe­nom­e­non of en­rich­ing the avi­fauna of Korea that th­ese birds which mainly lived in trop­i­cal wet­lands in the past have nested in the ar­bore­tum of the Kum­su­san Palace of the Sun. This gives a plea­sure to the Korean ser­vice per­son­nel and peo­ple.

Photo: By cour­tesy of KCNA

Ar­bore­tum of the Kum­su­san Palace of the Sun is an ad­e­quate habi­tat of Egretta in­ter­me­dia (Wa­gler, 1829) and Nyc­ti­co­rax nyc­ti­co­rax (Lin­naeus, 1758), birds of south­ern ori­gin

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