Endangered water birds observed in DPRK

Date: 11/09/2019 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

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Flocks of Blackfaced spoonbill, which is in danger of extinction worldwide, were recently observed at the migrants sanctuary in Mundok County, South Phyongan Province of the DPRK.

The Blackfaced spoonbill belonging to Threskiornithidae is known as a rare bird whose population amounts to as little as 3 000 heads in the world.

Never once have more than 10 heads of this species been observed at sanctuaries.

In the course of a survey last June, scientists at the Biodiversity Institute under the State Academy of Sciences unusually observed over 30, an amount covering one percent of its total global population.

This proves again that the Mundok Migrants Sanctuary has good physiographical location and conditions favorable for migrants' inhabitation.

The Mundok Migrants Sanctuary designated in 1995 was registered on the list of wetlands of international importance or Ramsar wetland sites and acceded to the Ramsar Convention. And it was also registered as an East Asian-Australasian Flyway network site.

It is home to 22 kinds of endangered water birds and other water birds like white-fronted goose amounting to at least one percent of their total population in East Asia and beyond.

More than 80 000 water birds of at least 120 species like duck and snipe make a stopover in the sanctuary every spring and autumn, in particular.

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