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North Korea

This checklist includes all bird species found in North Korea , based on the best information available at this time. It is based on a wide variety of sources that I collated over many years. I am pleased to offer these checklists as a service to birdwatchers. If you find any error, please do not hesitate to .

The taxonomic order and nomenclature follows Clements 6th edition (updated 2013). If you prefer to view the list based on a different authority, click on one of the list available below. Globally threatened species (status in red) were identified by Birdlife International in Threatened Birds of the World (Birds to Watch 3).

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Country or region: North Korea
Number of species: 331
Number of globally threatened species: 28

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Swan GooseAnser cygnoidesVulnerable
Taiga Bean-GooseAnser fabalis
Tundra Bean-GooseAnser serrirostris
Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
Snow GooseChen caerulescens
BrantBranta bernicla
Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
Whooper SwanCygnus cygnus
Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferruginea
Common ShelduckTadorna tadorna
Crested ShelduckTadorna cristataCritically endangered (possibly extinct)
Mandarin DuckAix galericulata
Falcated DuckAnas falcataNear-threatened
Eurasian WigeonAnas penelope
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Eastern Spot-billed DuckAnas zonorhyncha
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeata
Northern PintailAnas acuta
GarganeyAnas querquedula
Baikal TealAnas formosa
Green-winged TealAnas crecca
Common PochardAythya ferina
Baer's PochardAythya baeriCritically endangered
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
Greater ScaupAythya marila
Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
Harlequin DuckHistrionicus histrionicus
White-winged ScoterMelanitta fusca
Black ScoterMelanitta americanaNear-threatened
Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalisVulnerable
Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
SmewMergellus albellus
Common MerganserMergus merganser
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
Scaly-sided MerganserMergus squamatusRare/Accidental Endangered

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Japanese QuailCoturnix japonicaNear-threatened
Ring-necked PheasantPhasianus colchicus
Black GrouseTetrao tetrix
Hazel GrouseBonasa bonasia

 
GAVIIFORMES: Gaviidae

Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
Arctic LoonGavia arctica
Pacific LoonGavia pacifica
Yellow-billed LoonGavia adamsiiNear-threatened

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus
Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Streaked ShearwaterCalonectris leucomelas
Flesh-footed ShearwaterPuffinus carneipes

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Swinhoe's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma monorhisNear-threatened

 
CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae

Black StorkCiconia nigra
Oriental StorkCiconia boycianaEndangered

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
Japanese CormorantPhalacrocorax capillatus
Pelagic CormorantPhalacrocorax pelagicus

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Yellow BitternIxobrychus sinensis
Schrenck's BitternIxobrychus eurhythmus
Gray HeronArdea cinerea
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Great EgretArdea alba
Intermediate EgretMesophoyx intermedia
Chinese EgretEgretta eulophotesVulnerable
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Striated HeronButorides striata
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Crested IbisNipponia nipponExtirpated Endangered
Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodia
Black-faced SpoonbillPlatalea minorEndangered

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

LammergeierGypaetus barbatus
Oriental Honey-buzzardPernis ptilorhynchus
Cinereous VultureAegypius monachusNear-threatened
Greater Spotted EagleClanga clangaVulnerable
Steppe EagleAquila nipalensis
Imperial EagleAquila heliacaVulnerable
Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
Gray-faced BuzzardButastur indicus
Eastern Marsh-HarrierCircus spilonotus
Northern HarrierCircus cyaneus
Pied HarrierCircus melanoleucos
Chinese SparrowhawkAccipiter soloensis
Japanese SparrowhawkAccipiter gularis
Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus
Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
Black KiteMilvus migrans
White-tailed EagleHaliaeetus albicilla
Steller's Sea-EagleHaliaeetus pelagicusVulnerable
Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
Common BuzzardButeo buteo
Upland BuzzardButeo hemilasius

 
OTIDIFORMES: Otididae

Great BustardOtis tardaVulnerable

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Swinhoe's RailCoturnicops exquisitusVulnerable
Brown-cheeked RailRallus indicus
Baillon's CrakePorzana pusilla
Ruddy-breasted CrakePorzana fusca
Band-bellied CrakePorzana paykulliiNear-threatened
WatercockGallicrex cinerea
Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Eurasian CootFulica atra

 
GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

White-naped CraneGrus vipioVulnerable
Common CraneGrus grus
Hooded CraneGrus monachaVulnerable
Red-crowned CraneGrus japonensisEndangered

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellus
Lesser Sand-PloverCharadrius mongolus
Greater Sand-PloverCharadrius leschenaultii
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus
Long-billed PloverCharadrius placidus
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Oriental PloverCharadrius veredus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropus
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Nordmann's GreenshankTringa guttiferEndangered
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Little CurlewNumenius minutus
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensisVulnerable
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataNear-threatened
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaNear-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminata
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckii
Spoon-billed SandpiperCalidris pygmeaCritically endangered
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollis
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpina
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Solitary SnipeGallinago solitaria
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticola

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae

Yellow-legged ButtonquailTurnix tanki

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Alcidae

Common MurreUria aalge
Spectacled GuillemotCepphus carbo
Long-billed MurreletBrachyramphus perdixNear-threatened
Ancient MurreletSynthliboramphus antiquus
Japanese MurreletSynthliboramphus wumizusumeVulnerable
Rhinoceros AukletCerorhinca monocerata

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Saunders's GullSaundersilarus saundersiVulnerable
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Relict GullIchthyaetus relictusVulnerable
Black-tailed GullLarus crassirostris
Mew GullLarus canus
Herring GullLarus argentatus
Caspian GullLarus cachinnans
Little TernSternula albifrons
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Common TernSterna hirundo

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba livia
Hill PigeonColumba rupestris
Oriental Turtle-DoveStreptopelia orientalis
Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Northern Hawk-CuckooHierococcyx hyperythrus
Common CuckooCuculus canorus
Oriental CuckooCuculus optatus
Lesser CuckooCuculus poliocephalus

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Collared Scops-OwlOtus lettia
Oriental Scops-OwlOtus sunia
Eurasian Eagle-OwlBubo bubo
Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus
Northern Hawk OwlSurnia ulula
Little OwlAthene noctua
Himalayan OwlStrix nivicola
Ural OwlStrix uralensis
Long-eared OwlAsio otus
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
Brown BoobookNinox scutulata
Hume's BoobookNinox obscura
Northern BoobookNinox japonica

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Gray NightjarCaprimulgus indicus

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

White-throated NeedletailHirundapus caudacutus
Pacific SwiftApus pacificus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
Ruddy KingfisherHalcyon coromanda
Black-capped KingfisherHalcyon pileata
Crested KingfisherMegaceryle lugubris

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

DollarbirdEurystomus orientalis

 
CORACIIFORMES: Upupidae

Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epops

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Eurasian WryneckJynx torquilla
Gray-capped WoodpeckerDendrocopos canicapillus
Pygmy WoodpeckerDendrocopos kizuki
Lesser Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos minor
Rufous-bellied WoodpeckerDendrocopos hyperythrus
White-backed WoodpeckerDendrocopos leucotos
Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major
Eurasian Three-toed WoodpeckerPicoides tridactylus
White-bellied WoodpeckerDryocopus javensis
Black WoodpeckerDryocopus martius
Gray-faced WoodpeckerPicus canus

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Eurasian KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Amur FalconFalco amurensis
MerlinFalco columbarius
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteo
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pittidae

Fairy PittaPitta nymphaVulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Ashy MinivetPericrocotus divaricatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Tiger ShrikeLanius tigrinus
Bull-headed ShrikeLanius bucephalus
Brown ShrikeLanius cristatus
Chinese Gray ShrikeLanius sphenocercus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Black-naped OrioleOriolus chinensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Japanese Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone atrocaudataNear-threatened
Asian Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone paradisi

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Eurasian JayGarrulus glandarius
Azure-winged MagpieCyanopica cyanus
Eurasian MagpiePica pica
Eurasian NutcrackerNucifraga caryocatactes
Daurian JackdawCorvus dauuricus
RookCorvus frugilegus
Carrion CrowCorvus corone
Large-billed CrowCorvus macrorhynchos

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Crested LarkGalerida cristata
Sky LarkAlauda arvensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
Common House-MartinDelichon urbicum
Asian House-MartinDelichon dasypus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Marsh TitPoecile palustris
Willow TitPoecile montanus
Varied TitPoecile varius
Coal TitPeriparus ater
Japanese TitParus minor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Aegithalidae

Long-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sittidae

Eurasian NuthatchSitta europaea
Snowy-browed NuthatchSitta villosa

 
PASSERIFORMES: Certhiidae

Eurasian TreecreeperCerthia familiaris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Troglodytidae

Eurasian WrenTroglodytes troglodytes

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cinclidae

Brown DipperCinclus pallasii

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Brown-eared BulbulHypsipetes amaurotis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Regulidae

GoldcrestRegulus regulus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cettiidae

Asian StubtailUrosphena squameiceps
Japanese Bush-WarblerHorornis diphone
Manchurian Bush-WarblerHorornis canturians

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Dusky WarblerPhylloscopus fuscatus
Radde's WarblerPhylloscopus schwarzi
Pallas's Leaf-WarblerPhylloscopus proregulus
Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatus
Arctic WarblerPhylloscopus borealis
Greenish WarblerPhylloscopus trochiloides
Pale-legged Leaf-WarblerPhylloscopus tenellipes
Eastern Crowned Leaf-WarblerPhylloscopus coronatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Black-browed Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus bistrigiceps
Oriental Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus orientalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Gray's Grasshopper-WarblerLocustella fasciolata
Marsh GrassbirdLocustella pryeriNear-threatened
Middendorff's Grasshopper-WarblerLocustella ochotensis
Pleske's Grasshopper-WarblerLocustella pleskeiVulnerable
Lanceolated WarblerLocustella lanceolata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paradoxornithidae

White-browed Chinese WarblerRhopophilus pekinensis
Vinous-throated ParrotbillSinosuthora webbiana

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Chestnut-flanked White-eyeZosterops erythropleurus
Japanese White-eyeZosterops japonicus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Dark-sided FlycatcherMuscicapa sibirica
Asian Brown FlycatcherMuscicapa latirostris
Gray-streaked FlycatcherMuscicapa griseisticta
Blue-and-white FlycatcherCyanoptila cyanomelana
Rufous-tailed RobinLarvivora sibilans
Siberian Blue RobinLarvivora cyane
Siberian RubythroatCalliope calliope
Red-flanked BluetailTarsiger cyanurus
Taiga FlycatcherFicedula albicilla
Korean FlycatcherFicedula zanthopygia
Narcissus FlycatcherFicedula narcissinaRare/Accidental
Mugimaki FlycatcherFicedula mugimaki
Daurian RedstartPhoenicurus auroreus
White-throated Rock-ThrushMonticola gularis
Blue Rock-ThrushMonticola solitarius
Siberian StonechatSaxicola maurus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Siberian ThrushGeokichla sibirica
Scaly ThrushZoothera dauma
Gray-backed ThrushTurdus hortulorum
Japanese ThrushTurdus cardis
Eyebrowed ThrushTurdus obscurus
Pale ThrushTurdus pallidus
Naumann's ThrushTurdus naumanni

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Daurian StarlingSturnia sturnina
White-cheeked StarlingSturnus cineraceus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Prunellidae

Alpine AccentorPrunella collaris
Siberian AccentorPrunella montanella

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
Gray WagtailMotacilla cinerea
White WagtailMotacilla alba
Japanese WagtailMotacilla grandis
Richard's PipitAnthus richardi
Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoni
American PipitAnthus rubescens
Forest WagtailDendronanthus indicus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Bombycillidae

Bohemian WaxwingBombycilla garrulus
Japanese WaxwingBombycilla japonicaNear-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Calcariidae

Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Pine BuntingEmberiza leucocephalos
Meadow BuntingEmberiza cioides
Rufous-backed BuntingEmberiza jankowskiiEndangered
Ochre-rumped BuntingEmberiza yessoensisNear-threatened
Chestnut-eared BuntingEmberiza fucata
Little BuntingEmberiza pusilla
Yellow-throated BuntingEmberiza elegans
Yellow-breasted BuntingEmberiza aureolaVulnerable
Yellow BuntingEmberiza sulphurataVulnerable
Black-faced BuntingEmberiza spodocephala
Pallas's BuntingEmberiza pallasi
Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

BramblingFringilla montifringilla
Asian Rosy-FinchLeucosticte arctoa
Pine GrosbeakPinicola enucleator
Eurasian BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula
Common RosefinchCarpodacus erythrinus
Pallas's RosefinchCarpodacus roseus
Long-tailed RosefinchUragus sibiricus
Oriental GreenfinchChloris sinica
Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
White-winged CrossbillLoxia leucoptera
Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
Hoary RedpollAcanthis hornemanni
Eurasian SiskinSpinus spinus
HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustes
Yellow-billed GrosbeakEophona migratoria
Japanese GrosbeakEophona personata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

Russet SparrowPasser rutilans
Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus

 

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