Goshawk is the national bird in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

This seasonal bird breeds in tablelands around Mt. Paektu and Ryanggang, Jagang and South Hamgyong provinces of Korea and, in winter, moves even into the area south of the central part of the country.

It has a short and curved beak, with spindle legs, and its feathers are dark brown in general.

Goshawk’s breeding takes place in late April to early May. It makes a nest on a high tree to lay three to four light blue eggs at a litter. The hatching period is 28-30 days and the weight of a chick is about 25g.

Goshawk takes mainly rodents and pheasant, pigeon and other birds as its prey while living in forests of needle-leaf and broadleaf trees.

From olden times, the Korean people have used goshawk to hunt such animals as pheasant, pigeon and hare.