From the archives … spring birds in North Korea

Birds have always been of interest in Korea, from the earliest temple paintings to modernity. This also includes North Korea, as this article on spring birds in the journal of the Socialist youth league, Sonyŏndan (March 1955), shows. It was accessed via the Library of Congress digital collection in the US. Notable is the use of “ttittisae (티티새)” for Naumann´s thrush (Turdus Naumanni) (on the first page), which in South Korea is called “Norangjippagwi (노랑지빠귀)”. Bird names in North and South Korea differ quite a lot, almost have of the birds are named differently…

HT to James Banfill at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Bangkok!

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