Birds Nest in Kumsusan Palace of the Sun
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.
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