Korean Site

FAUNA: information on wildlife species in the DMZ Region.

Birds Korea:  detailed look at avifauna of the Korean peninsula, their habitats and conservation issues. Active sections for trainings, events and advocacy.


Birdlife International: BirdLife International is a global Partnership of conservation organizations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. They maintain detailed lists of bird and important habitat occurrences for the Korean peninsula, including Endangered species, Important Bird Areas  (IBA) and Endemic Bird Areas (EBA)


Chae, H. Y. and C. Y. Choi (eds.) 2007. Recent trend of research and conservation efforts on migratory birds. Proceeding of the International Symposium on Migratory Birds. Publication of National Park Migratory Birds Center, Seoul, Korea. 155p.

            Chae. H.Y. 2007 IntlSymposium_MigratoryBirds Recent Trends.pdf

Chong. J-R. 1997. Distribution and Conservation of Cranes in North Korea.

            Chong. 1997. Korean Crane Conservation.pdf

Cranes in East Asia
: Proceedings of Symposium Held in Harbin, Peoples Republic of China, June 1998. Open file report.


Higuchi, et al.1998. Satellite tracking of the migration of the red-crowned crane Grus japonensis. Jour. Ecol Research.


Hong Kong
Bird Watching Society: Regional report on ecology, distribution and conservation efforts of Black-faced spoonbill


International Crane Foundation: The International Crane Foundation (ICF) works worldwide to conserve cranes and the wetland and grassland ecosystems on which they depend. ICF is dedicated to providing experience, knowledge, and inspiration to involve people in resolving threats to these ecosystems. The DMZ region provides resources and critical habitat to several endangered crane species.


Korean Biodiversity Database (ROK), contains links to databases of multiple taxonomic groups (birds, earthworms, fish and more) in Korean


Korean Insect Database (ROK) in Korean


Korean (ROK) National Park Migratory Bird Center. Banding activities, public participation, and much more.


Otter Research Center and Association of Otter Conservation. Otters in Korea have been killed all over the world for their pelts, including the Korean peninsula. Habitat loss continues to put enormous pressure on nearly all otter populations. The Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra)has been declared a Natural Monument in ROK as well as being listed as an endangered species. Since 1999, these two agencies have been undertaking work and research to protect and ensure the long-term sustainability of the Korean otter.



Korean Wildlife Institute (ROK) (in Korean).



United States Geological Survey (USGS) and IUCN (2004): The cranes-status survey and conservation action plan.Gland, Switzerland.


Wildlife Conservation Society:  has been involved in avian and mammalian research and conservation efforts within the Korean peninsula and greater eastern Asia region.


Wikipedia entries for birds of Korea (DPRK and ROK).

Birds of DPRK


Birds of ROK

List of passerine birds of Korea


List of non-passerine birds of Korea