Natural Monument—Great Bustard in South Phyongan Province

Great bustard, one of threatened species of birds in the world, lives in the Onchon Plain area, located in Jungsan County, South Phyongan Province and Onchon County in Nampho City.

The area is rich in feed resources for its inhabitation. They include such plants as Juncus decipiens, Typha orientalis, Scirpus tabernaemontani and Suaeda glauca, scattered grains and various insects.

It is 76 to 100 cm long and weighs about 4 to 6 kg.

Its three short and stubby toes are convenient for walking. Usually, ten birds form a flock.

Its head and front neck are ash gray, and its back neck and back are covered with black patterns on the brown background and its lower part of the body is white.

The cock has a white, tough and beard-shaped feather under its chin.

It winters in the fields on the east and west coasts of the DPRK and flies to north in March for breeding.

The DPRK designated the great bustard as a natural monument and puts it under well protection.