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Dugyeon(두견)-Little cuckoo

by on Jul.02, 2011, under Uncategorized

The body length is approximately 28cm. Head and neck dark ash and the underside with a lot of horizontal stripes on a white background. At first glance, look like small pieces of thin, but the beak bent down for a little longer, but did not burn like a hawker. They have two legs and each of it has two toe. Appearances is similar to a cuckoo but they are much smaller and bottom of the body has the horizontal pattern with a width 2 ~ 3mm  than Cuckoo’s. The female is simmilar to male but sometimes dark brown with horizontal patterns among them.

They live Korea, Ussuri, China and the Himalayas, Japan, and Taiwan, and India in winter. In summer,  It  is common in South Korea, so you could hear all day in summer. They crying while sitting  in a tree and flying. Usually It’s hard to see them because they hide in the middle height of the tree but it can be seen flying in the sky . They cry all day and night. lay their eggs Northern Bush Warbler and crowned willow Warder’s nest. After hatching, the little cuckoo pull out of nest and grow up in that nest.

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Chinese sparrow hawk[붉은배새매]

by on Jul.02, 2011, under birds

The body length is about 28cm.  The upper body of adult bird is dark-toned and lower body is white. Its breast and flank are rosy. The young bird’s back is dark brown.  Chest is white and  many reddish-brown stripes are on its side. Eyes, cerate, feet are yellow. It lives in hills and plains, forests open to the view, or the valleys between hills.

  In South Korea, it comes in early May and leaves to go to south in September. It was common summer migratory bird, but recently decreased rapidly because  the  its pray has been polluted by agricultural pesticides.

Nestling in the branches such as oak, beech, pine, and alder after mid-May, it lay three-or four eggs once. Females sit on the eggs for a longtime than males.

  In South Korea, designated as Natural Monument No. 323, it has been protected. It breeds in only Northeast Asia, including Korea, China.

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