Have you heard of "Coo→Coo→Coo↗Coo↗" or "Gwong!!" while you take a walk KNUE campus? In my case, last summer I woke up at morning hearing these two sounds. Two chatterboxes making these sounds were turtle doves and pheasants. Lots of turtle doves and pheasants live on KNUE, and they still often chatter these days. However, not only these two cuties, there are lots of various birds on the campus! Let me introduce some KNUE birds you haven't heard!
1. Coal Tit¹
“Cheee, cheee!" "Hee-chee-Bee!!"
Sometimes we can see a flock of birds flying very fast like wind while walking on campus. Yes, they may be Coal Tits! They are very small birds with a cute ribbon on their head, with a creamy chest and gray back.
Because Coal Tits are so small and weak, they have a lot of predators, especially Magpie or Jay. They even eat adult Coal Tits! You may have an experience in seeing a wooden tree-house nests while walking on campus, and they were built to give Coal Tits a safe home!
These birds have a reddish-brown head, gray body, blue wings, and black stripes - This colorful bird is Jay. Jay is a beautiful and elegant bird for people; however, they are scary and fearful birds for small weak birds. Jay is omnivorous, They eat not only corn and beans, but also bird eggs, baby birds, frogs and lizards!
Also, they have a special talent you may be surprised at. Jay can imitate other animals' sound, even humans' voice! If you heard a human voice but there's nothing, it may be a mischievous Jay!
3. Scops Owl³
In silent nights with a bright moon, deep crying "So-jjeok!" makes us feel sad. A bird making this sorrowful sound is Scops Owl. Actually, they are natural monument, but these rare birds live around KNUE from spring to summer. They are nocturnal, so we can't see them in the daytime.
In Korea tradition, if Scops Owl makes a sound "So-jjeok!," it means there will be a year of bad harvest, and if they make a sound "So-jjeok-da!," it means there will be a year of good crops.
4. Brown-eared Bulbul⁴
"It's too noisy!" We can frequently see a gray-brown bird making a lot of noise, "Bee-it!." This chatterbox bird is called a Brown-eared Bulbul. They have a gray head and back, brown wings, and brown chest with lots of white dots. They have a similar appearance to sparrows, but they are big as sparrows and make more noise. Although they are so noisy that you might have got irritated, how about adoring the main permanent residen in Korea and KNUE even in winter?
5. Saunders' Gull⁵, Oriental White Stork⁶
I'll introduce two special birds that have different "habitat" from above four birds. They are Saunders' Gull and Oriental White Stork. They don't live in KNUE nature. You may see a container behind Natural Science Building. Gulls are raised by researchers there, and Saunders' Gull's Korean name is 'Black head-gull.' Like their name, their head color is black, especially in breeding season, but in winter their black feather fall, so their head color changes into white.
I'm sure you must see Oriental White Stork frequently around school because it's the mascot of KNUE. They are also raised by professor, Si-ryong Park in Cheong-ram Stork Park. They are endangered animals, even in the case of the stork, they got extinct long time ago, but restored, as you know. The stork is an elegant bird with a white body, long black beak, and red eyes and legs. When you feel blue or when taking a walk for a while, it would be nice to visit Cheong-ram Stork Park and have a chance to feed them. It will be worthwhile.
Last year, two baby Saunders' gulls were born! By continuous research and our interest with them, Saunders' Gull and Stork will be able to live in Korea nature, I hope.
6. Magpie⁷, Varied Tit⁸, Woodpecker⁹
What other birds are living around KNUE? The bird we can see most frequently may be Magpie! In the sky, on trees, or walking on the ground... they travel all over the campus. From old times, Magpie was thought of a lucky bird. Did you see a magpie today? You will have a good event soon! Varied Tit is a close friend of Coal Tit. They fly together and sit together. They have a red-brown body, gray wings, and black head. Last bird that would be introduced is Woodpecker, especially Grey-faced Woodpecker. They have a bright green body like their name. In summer, they dig holes in trees using a solid beak. "Dak, Dak" sounds they make every summer give us energy.
There are so many neighbor birds close to us! Next time you run across them, say them. If you want to know about birds more, you are able to take a cultural lecture or be a member of bird-study club. It will be a fantastic campus life if you take an interest in birds and greet them.
- Pictures by Eun-jin,Joo(Ethology Laboratory)
<Coal Tit, Jay, Magpie, Varied Tit, Grey-faced Woodpecker>
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