Goshawk is the national bird of the DPRK.
As it resembles the wise and strong nature of the Korean nation, the local people are very fond of it.
From olden times the Korean people have regarded a kind of hawk that is best at hunting among many of its species as a very precious bird, calling it goshawk. And they have widely used it for hunting such animals as pheasant and hare by catching and taming wild goshawk.
In April Juche 97(2008) Chairman Kim Jong Il designated agile and brave goshawk as the national bird of the DPRK.