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Bird Sanctuaries Surveyed to Confirm Number of Anser Cygnoides

Date: 01/12/2023 | Source: Naenara (En) | Read original version at source

The Mundok and Sindo migratory bird (wetland) reserves located respectively in the estuaries of the Chongchon and Amnok rivers at the west coast of Korea are important stopovers for migrants in autumn.

According to a survey conducted by experts of the Biodiversity Institute of the State Academy of Sciences, in October this year 43 species of more than 44 000 water birds were observed in the area of the Mundok Migratory Bird Reserve inscribed on the Ramsar list and 41 species of over 62 000 water birds in the Sindo Migratory Bird Reserve area. They also identified in the areas the habitation of such globally endangered species as Platalea minor (EN), Numenius madagascariensis (EN), Anser cygnoides (VU), Aythya ferina (VU) and Chroicocephalus saundersi (VU).

The number of Anser cygnoides making a stopover in the lower reaches of the Chongchon River accounted for more than 60 percent of its global population, and in the area of the Sindo Migratory Bird Reserve, its number made up about 40 percent of its global population with the number of Chroicocephalus saundersi about 2 percent, that of Eurasian oystercatcher about 4 percent, that of Numenius arquata nearly 4 percent and that of Larus canus about 7 percent of their regional populations.

About 36 000 Anser cygnoides were observed in the lower reaches of the Chongchon River where there is the Mundok Migratory Bird Reserve and about 23 000 Anser cygnoides in the lower reaches of the Amnok River where there is the Sindo Migratory Bird Reserve. This survey record indicates that the number of Anser cygnoides observed in the two areas reaches more than its global population (54 000) and it proves that, even when taking into account the number of overlapping individuals in the survey, most of its global population make a stopover in the two areas of the DPRK during the autumn migration.

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