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Not to be confused with Liancourt Rocks.
The islands are important as a breeding site for vulnerable Chinese egrets

Dok-do is a small, rocky island in the north-eastern East Sea lying about 15 km off the western coast of North Korea. It rises to a height of 85 m and has an area of 18 ha. Based on surveys conducted in 1997 and 1998, the site has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it supports small numbers of breeding endangered black-faced spoonbills and vulnerable Chinese egrets. The island has been classified as one of North Korea’s Natural Monuments. The main threat to the birds is from human disturbance.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Dok-do island". Important Bird Areas factsheet. BirdLife International. 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  2. ^ Chong Jong-Ryol & Pak U-Il (2000). The breeding sites and distribution of Black-faced Spoonbills Platalea minor in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). In: “Conservation and research of Black-faced Spoonbills and their habitats”, eds Ueta, M.; Kurosawa, R.; & Allen, D. (PDF). Tokyo: Wild Bird Society of Japan. pp. 5–9. 

Coordinates: 38°45′20″N 124°58′00″E / 38.75556°N 124.96667°E / 38.75556; 124.96667