is a city in the northern part of Moldova. It is the
administrative center of the eponymous district. The city is located
174.4 km north of the national capital, Chişinău, and 67 km
north-east of the Romanian city of Iaşi. The average elevation of Drochia is
226 meters. The population at the 2004 census was 16,606.
The name of the city comes from a local type of bird, called