Korean Bird Story

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Oriolus chinensisSeodaemun Museum of Natural History

Black-Napes oriole
The black-naped oriole has the stripe broadening and joining at the back of the neck.

Hypsipetes amaurotisSeodaemun Museum of Natural History

Brown-eared bulbul
It is extremely common within the northern parts of its range and is a familiar bird throughout Japan and Korea.

Zoothera daumaSeodaemun Museum of Natural History

Scaly thrush
The sexes are similar, 27–31 cm long, with black scaling on a paler white or yellowish background.

Phasianus colchicus(Male)Seodaemun Museum of Natural History

Common pheasant (Male)
It is native to Asia and has been widely introduced elsewhere as a game bird. Behind the face are two ear-tufts, that make the pheasant to alert.

Phasianus colchicus(Female)Seodaemun Museum of Natural History

Common pheasant (Female)
It is native to Asia and has been widely introduced elsewhere as a game bird.The female is much less showy, with a duller mottled brown plumage all over.

Charadrius dubiusSeodaemun Museum of Natural History

Little ringed plover
This is a small plover. They have a brown cap, a white forehead, a black mask around the eyes with white above and a short dark bill.

Dendrocopos majorSeodaemun Museum of Natural History

Great spotted woodpecker
It is distributed throughout Europe and northern Asia, and usually resident year-round except in the colder parts of its range. Males have a crimson spot on the nape.

Dryocopus martius by Nuri-MaruSeodaemun Museum of Natural History

Black woodpecker
The plumage of this is entirely black apart from a red crown. In males, the entire crown is red, but in females only the top.

Aix galericulata (Male)Seodaemun Museum of Natural History

Mandarin duck (Male)
It is a perching duck species found in East Asia and is native to Japan. Adult male has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye. There are two orange "sails" at the back.

Aix galericulata (Female)Seodaemun Museum of Natural History

Mandarin duck (Female)
The female is similar to female wood duck, with a white eye-ring and stripe running back from the eye. It has a small white flank stripe, and a pale tip to its bill.

Parus majorSeodaemun Museum of Natural History

Great tit
The great tit is a distinctive bird with a black head and neck, prominent white cheeks. The great tit is a common and familiar bird in urban parks and gardens.

Garrulus glandariusSeodaemun Museum of Natural History

Eurasian jay
The jay is well known for its mimicry, often sounding so like a different species that it is virtually impossible to distinguish its true identity unless the jay is seen.

Sinosuthora webbianusSeodaemun Museum of Natural History

Vinous-throated parrotbill
The vinous-throated parrotbill is a relatively small and long-tailed parrotbill. It is a highly social species, usually encountered in groups.

Phalacrocorax capillatusSeodaemun Museum of Natural History

All are fish-eaters. They dive from the surface. Under water they propel themselves with their feet. Some cormorant species have been found to dive to depths of as much as 45 metres.

Numenius phaeopusSeodaemun Museum of Natural History

It is one of the most widespread of the curlews, breeding across much of subarctic North America, Europe and Asia as far south as Scotland.

Halcyon coromandaSeodaemun Museum of Natural History

Ruddy kingfisher
It is widely distributed in east and southeast Asia, including South Korea and Japan. It is migratory.

Halcyon coromandaSeodaemun Museum of Natural History

Ruddy kingfisher
Like other kingfishers, it generally feed on fish, crustaceans, and large insects, though in areas with less running water, they are known to take frogs and other amphibians.

Halcyon pileataSeodaemun Museum of Natural History

Black-capped kingfisher
The adult has a purple-blue wings and back. The large bill and legs are bright red. It is found mainly near the coast in mangrove forests and along estuaries and rivers.

Egretta garzettaSeodaemun Museum of Natural History

Little egret
It is a white bird with a slender black beak, long black legs, yellow feet. As an aquatic bird, it feeds in shallow water and on land, consuming a variety of small creatures.

Ixobrychus eurhythmusSeodaemun Museum of Natural History

Von Schrecks bittern
It is a small bittern. It has a short neck, longish yellow bill and yellow legs. Its breeding habitat is reed beds. They can be difficult to see.

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