Kingdom of Cambodia

Cambodian Tailorbird Orthotomus chaktomuk ©James Eaton Website
Birding Cambodia

Cambodia also Kampuchea (officially the Kingdom of Cambodia) is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is 181,035 square kilometres (69,898 square miles) in area, bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. The sovereign state of Cambodia has a population of over 16 million. Cambodia’s landscape is characterised by a low-lying central plain that is surrounded by uplands and low mountains and includes the Tonle Sap (Great Lake) and the upper reaches of the Mekong River delta. Extending outward from this central region are transitional plains, thinly forested and rising to elevations of about 650 feet (200 metres) above sea level.

To the north the Cambodian plain abuts a sandstone escarpment, which forms a southward-facing cliff stretching more than 200 miles (320 kilometres) from west to east and rising abruptly above the plain to heights of 600 to 1,800 feet (180–550 metres). This cliff marks the southern limit of the Dângrêk Mountains.

Flowing south through the country’s eastern regions is the Mekong River. East of the Mekong the transitional plains gradually merge with the eastern highlands, a region of forested mountains and high plateaus that extend into Laos and Vietnam. In southwestern Cambodia two distinct upland blocks, the Krâvanh Mountains and the Dâmrei Mountains, form another highland region that covers much of the land area between the Tonle Sap and the Gulf of Thailand. Cambodia’s biodiversity is largely founded on its seasonal tropical forests, containing some 180 recorded tree species, and riparian ecosystems. There are 212 mammal species, 536 bird species, 240 reptile species, 850 freshwater fish species (Tonle Sap Lake area), and 435 marine fish species recorded by science. Much of this biodiversity is contained around the Tonle Sap Lake and the surrounding biosphere. Other key habitats include the dry forest of Mondolkiri and Ratanakiri provinces and the Cardamom Mountains ecosystem, including Bokor National Park, Botum-Sakor National Park, and the Phnom Aural and Phnom Samkos wildlife sanctuaries.

The Worldwide Fund for Nature recognises six distinct terrestrial ecoregions in Cambodia – the Cardamom Mountains rain forests, Central Indochina dry forest, Southeast Indochina dry evergreen forest, Southern Annamite Range tropical forest, Tonle Sap freshwater swamp forest, and Tonle Sap-Mekong peat swamp forest. About two-thirds of the country is forested, however the more accessible areas have been degraded by slash and burn agriculture and logging. Cambodia’s tropical climate has a wet and a dry season of equal length; temperature and humidity are normally high throughout the year.

Top Sites
  • Ang Tropaeng Thmor

    The 12,500 ha Ang Trapeang Thmor (ATT) Sarus Crane Reserve was gazetted by Royal Decree in February 2000. The artificial reservoir, built with forced labor during the Pol Pot regime, provides wetland habitat for 40% of the non-breeding population of the Globally Threatened Sarus Crane and numerous other threatened species of wildlife. The site is particularly good for birds of prey, starlings, ducks and large water and grassland birds, depending on the season.ATT can boast a list of 198 bird species, the high diversity being due to the quality and variety of its natural habitats: rice paddies, trapeang and nearby deciduous dipterocarp forest. SVC usually takes birders to the site from Siem Reap, leaving at 5 a.m. and birding until lunch time. We also visit the local village silk weavers for local, hand-made souvenirs. Overnight visits can be arranged.
  • Birding Destinations in the Northern Plains

    The deciduous dipterocarp forests that once spread across much of Indochina and Thailand were formerly home to the greatest aggregation of large mammals and water birds that have existed beyond the savannas of Africa. These forests have largely disappeared from Thailand and Vietnam; currently, the Northern and Eastern Plains of Cambodia form the largest remaining contiguous block of this unique and critically important habitat. Much of the Northern Plains is still covered in intact habitat – extensive areas of deciduous dipterocarp forest, with scattered seasonal wetlands (called trapeangs in Khmer) and large grasslands (veals), which flood during part of the wet season (June-October). Dense evergreen forest is found along water-courses and in the more fertile soils of the upland regions.Tmatboey VillageWildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has established a pilot ibis ecotourism project at Tmatboey in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, Preah Vihear province, the only known site where both Giant and White-shouldered Ibises breed and can be reliably seen. The birds are found in the forests surrounding the village, which are a mosaic of seasonally inundated dipterocarp deciduous trees.Sam Veasna Center (SVC) for Wildlife Conservation has the responsibility to promote this project, which actively involves the local community in conservation. Tourism visits are linked to community conservation agreements, whereby income from visits supports local development and engagement in conservation activities. Local site tourism is managed by an elected village ecotourism committee. This committee is responsible for enforcement of the community conservation agreements, managing tourist visits, and ensuring that the benefits of tourism are distributed throughout the village.Trips are usually for three nights and visitors stay in a communally-run basic wooden guesthouse with limited hours of electricity and dormitory-style beds. A separate toilet and shower facility is located behind the building. Simple but good Khmer food is prepared by the local cooks’ group using western hygiene standards. Packed lunches are available for groups staying out all day. Cold beer soft drinks and other items are available for sale at a concession stand run by the women’s group. Local villagers serve as guides to the birds.Vulture RestaurantThe Northern Plains also support one of the last remaining populations of Asian vultures. Populations of three species (White-rumped, Slender-billed and Red-headed vultures) have declined by over 97% in South Asia in the last decade due to poisoning by veterinary use of the drug diclofenac, and are now threatened with local extinction. Cambodia is of global importance for conservation of these species as diclofenac is not available; hence these birds have an excellent chance of long-term survival. The Cambodian populations are primarily threatened by like of available food sources. Consequently semi-permanent feeding stations have been established across the vulture range to provide a safe, reliable, source of carrion.Two-night trips to one of the vulture restaurants, at Chhep in the Northern Plains, can be arranged through the SVC. The site is very remote – requiring a 4-6 hour drive from Tmatboey on forest trails. All three species of vultures can be seen, in addition to Giant Ibises, Greater Adjutant, Sarus Cranes, Black-necked Stork and many deciduous dipterocarp forest specialties. Accommodation at the restaurant is in a basic wooden house in the forest with basic toilet and washing facilities. Food is provided by the Tmatboey cooks’ group.
  • Florican Grasslands

    The Tonle Sap Great Lake floodplain once supported several thousand square kilometers of seasonally inundated grassland. These support more than half of the world population of a highly endangered bird, the Bengal Florican. There are also many other threatened or important species including Sarus Crane, White-shouldered Ibis (infrequent), Greater Adjutant (seasonal), rare turtle species and a high diversity of fish. A new land-use designation - Integrated Farming and Biodiversity Areas (IFBAs) has recently been set up to protect existing grassland management systems. This will benefit both threatened wildlife and local communities, and is expected to bring wider benefits by maintaining land-use diversity in these districts, leading to better ecological and economic stability.Trips to see the Floricans at Stoung, Kruos Kraom or Chong Doung can be combined with travel to or from Tmatboey or as a stand-alone day trip or, when visiting several sites, an overnight trip and staying at a nice hotel in Kompong Thom.
Contributors
Number of Species
  • Number of bird species: 553

    (As at January 2019)

    National Bird: Giant Ibis Thaumatibis gigantic

Endemics
  • Number of endemics: 2

    Cambodian Tailorbird Orthotomus chaktomuk & Cambodian Laughingthrush Garrulax ferrarius
Checklist

  • iGoTerra Checklist

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Useful Reading

  • * Field Guides & Bird Song

    For a comprehensive list of recommended titles covering Asia as a whole - please see the Asia page of Fatbirder ISBN: Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Birds of Cambodia

    | By Cambodia Bird Guide Association (CBGA) | Lynx Edicions | 2019 | Flexibound | 1300+ colour illustrations, 600+ colour distribution maps | ISBN: 9788416728213 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Pocket Photo Guide to the Birds of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

    Peter Davidson | Bloomsbury Publishing | 2016 | Paperback | 144 pages, colour photos, 1 colour map | ISBN: 9781472932846 Buy this book from NHBS.com
Organisations
  • Birdlife News

    Website
  • Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation (SVC)

    Website
    Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation (SVC) was created as a memorial to Sam Veasna, former head of the Siem Reap provincial wildlife office, and a key player in promoting conservation initiatives in Cambodia. Instrumental in discovering the population of Sarus Crane at Ang Tropeang Thmor, he succeeded in having it declared a Sarus Crane Protected Area by Royal Decree. He rediscovered the Bengal Florican in Kompong Thom, until then believed to have been extinct in Cambodia, and worked closely with local villagers to promote conservation efforts. Veasna died at the age of 33 of malaria contracted during field work. Friends, family and colleagues established the center as a tribute to him
Reserves

Abbreviations Key

  • BR Tonle Sap Great Lake

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    The Tonle Sap Great Lake consists of the lake and a flood plain of interconnected streams, ponds, flooded forests and wetland vegetation that supports a rich biodiversity of species including; aquatic plants, fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and microorganisms…
  • BS Ang Trapeang Thmor Sarus Crane Reserve

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    Ang Trapaing Thmor is a 129.06 km2 (49.83 sq mi) protected forest in northwestern Cambodia. The sarus crane, Grus antigone is an all-year resident breeding bird in northern Pakistan and India (especially Central India and the Gangetic plains), Nepal, Southeast Asia and Queensland, Australia. It is a very large crane, averaging 156 cm (5 ft) in length, which is found in freshwater marshes and plains.
  • BS WII Prek Toal

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    Prek Toal is a bird sanctuary and Ramsar site located within the Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve, at the north-west corner of the Tonlé Sap.[1] It is a popular area for ecotourism and birdwatching given the area's rich biodiversity and rare waterbirds, particularly abundant during the dry season.
  • NP Botum Sakor

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    Situated on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, Botum Sakor (or Botumsakor) is a peninsula projecting southwest from the Cardamom Mountains. The national park comprises an area of 1,825.85 km2 (704.96 sq mi) and spans three districts of Koh Kong Province: Kiri Sakor, Botum Sakor and Koh Kong. There are several hundred species of birds to be found within the park area, but only preliminary research has been carried out so far. Of particular interest to conservationists is the white-winged duck (Cairina scutulata), which is endangered and one of the rarest waterfowl in Asia. There are a number of other threatened or near-threatened birds here too, like green peafowl (Pavo muticus), lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus), Oriental darter (Anhinga melanogaster), great hornbill (Buceros bicornis) and grey-headed fish eagle (Icthyophaga icthyaetus).
  • NP Cardamom Mountains

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    The mountain range extends along a southeast-northwest axis from Koh Kong Province on the Gulf of Thailand to the Veal Veang District in Pursat Province, and is extended to the southeast by the Dâmrei (Elephant) Mountains. While the forests are habitat for more than 450 bird species, half of Cambodia’s total of which four, the chestnut-headed partridge, Lewis's silver pheasant (Lophura nycthemera lewisi), the green peafowl (Pavo muticus) and the Siamese partridge (Arborophila diversa) are endemic to these mountains.
  • NP Cardamom Mountains

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    The mountain range extends along a southeast-northwest axis from Koh Kong Province on the Gulf of Thailand to the Veal Veang District in Pursat Province, and is extended to the southeast by the Dâmrei (Elephant) Mountains. While the forests are habitat for more than 450 bird species, half of Cambodia’s total of which four, the chestnut-headed partridge, Lewis's silver pheasant (Lophura nycthemera lewisi), the green peafowl (Pavo muticus) and the Siamese partridge (Arborophila diversa) are endemic to these mountains.
  • NP Cardamom Mountains

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    The mountain range extends along a southeast-northwest axis from Koh Kong Province on the Gulf of Thailand to the Veal Veang District in Pursat Province, and is extended to the southeast by the Dâmrei (Elephant) Mountains. While the forests are habitat for more than 450 bird species, half of Cambodia’s total of which four, the chestnut-headed partridge, Lewis's silver pheasant (Lophura nycthemera lewisi), the green peafowl (Pavo muticus) and the Siamese partridge (Arborophila diversa) are endemic to these mountains.
  • NP Cardamom Mountains

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    The mountain range extends along a southeast-northwest axis from Koh Kong Province on the Gulf of Thailand to the Veal Veang District in Pursat Province, and is extended to the southeast by the Dâmrei (Elephant) Mountains. While the forests are habitat for more than 450 bird species, half of Cambodia’s total of which four, the chestnut-headed partridge, Lewis's silver pheasant (Lophura nycthemera lewisi), the green peafowl (Pavo muticus) and the Siamese partridge (Arborophila diversa) are endemic to these mountains.
  • NP Kep

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    Kep National Park is a national park in Cambodia's Kep Province that was established in 1993 and covers an area of 66.64 km2 (25.73 sq mi). The nearest town lies at Krong Kaeb.
  • NP Kirirom

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    Preah Suramarit-Kossamak Kirirom National Park is a national park in Cambodia. It is located mostly in Phnom Sruoch District, Kampong Speu Province, while a smaller section is in neighboring Koh Kong Province. The park extends over the eastern part of the Cardamom Mountains. It is located 112 km from Phnom Penh of National Highway 4 on the road to Sihanoukville.
  • NP Phnom Kulen

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    Preah Cheyvaraman-Norodom Phnom Kulen National Park is located in the Phnom Kulen mountain massif in Siem Reap Province.
  • NP Preah Monivong

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    It is a national park in southern Cambodia's Kampot Province and covers 1,423.17 km2 (549.49 sq mi). It is located in the Dâmrei Mountains, forming the southeastern parts of the Cardamom Mountains. Most of the park is about 1,000 metres above sealevel and the highest peak is Phnom Bokor at 1,081 metres, also referred to as Bokor Mountain.
  • NP Ream

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    Preah Sihanouk Ream National Park is a national park of Cambodia located 18 km (11 mi) from Sihanoukville city in the Prey Nob district of the Sihanoukville Province in south-eastern Cambodia. The national park's biological value is defined by its combination of rivers, forests, mangroves, estuaries, beaches, coral reefs, wildlife, and marine life.
  • NP Virachey

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    The park overlaps Ratanakiri and Stung Treng Provinces. Located in some of the most deep and isolated jungles of Cambodia, Virachey is largely unexplored and holds a large assortment of wildlife, waterfalls and mountains. The park comprises dense semi-evergreen lowlands, montane forests, upland savannah, bamboo thickets and occasional patches of mixed deciduous forest. Most of the area lies above 400 meters up to 1,500 meters.
  • NR Boeng Tonle Chhmar

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    Boeng Tonle Chhmar is a 145.6 km2 (56.2 sq mi) large multiple use management area in Cambodia bordering Tonlé Sap lake. It is home to important colonies of numerous globally or regionally threatened bird species including the brahminy kite (Haliastur indus), painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala), black-necked stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus), lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus), greater adjutant (Leptoptilos dubius), spot-billed pelican (Pelecanus philippensis), Indian cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscicollis) and the Oriental darter (Anhinga melanogaster).
  • NR Prey Lang

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    The Prey Lang Forest, also known as the Prey Long Forest, is a nature reserve forest in Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear, Kampong Cham, Kratie and Stung Treng Provinces in Northern Cambodia.[1] The forest covers an estimated 3,600 square kilometres (1,390 square miles). It is one of Southeast Asia’s last remaining lowland evergreen woodlands.
  • WS Beng Per (aka Boeng Peae)

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    Beng Per Wildlife Sanctuary is a 2,494.08 km2 (962.97 sq mi) large protected area in northern Cambodia. It hosts wild cattle and deer, large water birds and elephants.
  • WS IBA Phnom Samkos

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    Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary is a 3,307.56 km2 (1,277.06 sq mi) large protected area in western Cambodia that was established in 1994. It borders Thailand in the north.
  • WS IBA Snoul

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    Snoul Wildlife Sanctuary was located in eastern Cambodia on the border to Vietnam. It is classified as part of an Important Bird Area.
  • WS Kulen Promtep

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    The Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest protected area in Cambodia and was set aside to protect the critically endangered, possibly extinct Kouprey (species of wld cattle). It is located in the northern plains of Cambodia, near the border to Thailand. The sanctuary contains lowland forest as well as the largest swamp in the country. It is part of the Northern Plains Dry Forest Priority Corridor.
  • WS Mondulkiri

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    Mondulkiri Protected Forest is a 3,720.54 km2 (1,436.51 sq mi) large protected forest in eastern Cambodia. It is part of the largest protected area complex in Southeast Asia.
  • WS Peam Krasaop

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    The area is known for its mangroves and numerous islands separated by a maze of bays and channels.
  • WS Phnom Aural

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    Phnom Aural Wildlife Sanctuary is a 2,544.85 km2 (982.57 sq mi) large protected area in central Cambodia
  • WS Phnom Prich (aka Phnum prech)

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    Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary is a 2,218.18 km2 (856.44 sq mi) large protected area in eastern Cambodia.
  • WS Stung Sen

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    Stung Sen is a protected multiple use management area and wildlife sanctuary in the Kampong Thom Province of Cambodia. It is located near the south-eastern tip of the Tonlé Sap, one of three wildlife sanctuaries around the lake, including Boeng Tonlé Chhmar and Prek Toal
  • Wetlands

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    Cambodia currently has 5 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 85,235 hectares.
Guides & Tour Operators


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  • Cambodia Bird Guide Association

    Website
    The Association is founded by a group of passionate conservationists who are committed to helping educate people about the wildlife and working to ensure that our planet is protected for future generations. We are experienced people in conservation, birdwatching, guiding, and leading trip, and who actually also used to work with conservation organizations and tour operators for almost 10 years. CBGA is a not-for-profit organization registered with Ministry of Interior of Cambodia and operates under the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Ministry of Environment.
  • Sam Veasna Center

    Tour Operator
    As Cambodia’s first ever bird tour operator, we’ve been running custom birding tours in Cambodia since 2006, with the most passionate and experienced guides in the region. We take you to the most breathtaking and biologically diverse places in the country. SVC manages wildlife viewing trips with exclusive access to Wildlife Conservation Society sites across Cambodia. We were registered as a local NGO with the Ministry of Interior in 2006. Our goal is to provide an alternative sustainable livelihood from ecotourism for the local communities at the sites that WCS prioritises for conservation.
  • WildBirdEco

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    Wild Bird Eco Tour was established in since 1998 by Mr.Panuwat Sasirat, the founder. The head office is located in Bangkok Thailand. Our business has been known in the group of bird watcher and the conservative tourism companies in Thailand. Nowadays, the first class tourism companies and the local guides from nationwide and foreign countries participate and join with us.
Trip Reports


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  • 2010 [02 February] - Stefan Lithner

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    …Here is still remnants of primary forest interspersed with secondary growth, swamps, rivers, fish- and schrimp- ponds, making it plesant to revise some of the more common birds of SE Asia. A few species like Puff-throated Bulbul, Streak-eared Bukbul and White-eyed Bulbul were a good exercise…
  • 2013 [03 March] - Charley Hesse

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    …This short custom tour concentrated on the must see birds of Cambodia, starting with the endangered race of Sarus Crane and Milky Stork at Ang Trapeng Tmor, threatened waterbirds like Spot-billed Pelican and both adjutants at Prek Toal, Bengal Florican & Manchurian Reed-Warbler on the flood plain grasslands of Tonle Sap, Giant & White-shouldered Ibises and numerous owls & woodpeckers in the dry deciduous dipterocarp forests of Tmat Boey, and finally to the evergreen forests of Bokor National Park in the south where we tracked down the charismatic Chestnut-headed Partridge…
  • 2013 [03 March] - Craig Robson - Cambodia & Laos

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    …Fine sunny weather and generally very smooth-running logistics enabled us to notch-up a large total of 344 species. Highlights included amazing views of Chestnut-headed Partridge, Milky Stork and Greater Adjutant at one of the largest remaining ‘large waterbird’ breeding colonies in Asia, multiple encounters with White-shouldered and Giant Ibises, White-rumped Pygmy-falcon, at least 11 Bengal Floricans (with some males displaying), flocks of Sarus Cranes, Asian Dowitcher, a scoped Pale-capped Pigeon, nine species of owl including Spot-bellied Eagle-owl and Spotted and Brown Wood-owls, Black-headed and Heart-spotted Woodpeckers, Blue Pitta, Asian Golden Weaver, Mekong Wagtail, a vagrant Chestnut-cheeked Starling, the limestone-loving Bare- faced Bulbul and Sooty Babbler, and a close encounter with the rare Manchurian Reed-warbler. Mammals were also prominent, with Lao and Indochinese Silvered Langurs, Irrawaddy Dolphin and Eld’s Deer….
  • 2013 [03 March] - Frank Lambert - Cambodia & Laos

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    …Amazingly our first bird was a pair of Bare-faced Bulbuls – the main reason we had visited this area - that miraculously appeared in a fruiting tree beside the road and fed at very close range, apparently unaffected by the huge heavy traffic. The birds were later regularly seen perched on the limestone karst in this area and we probably saw at least six individuals…
  • 2013 [03 March] - Jim Holmes

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    …I spent February 27 – March 9, 2013 in Cambodia. I had arrived on my own from Thailand. Initially, I planned to do a portion of Cambodia on my own and then a portion guided by the Sam Veasna Center (SVC) Sam Veasna Center. Ultimately, I ended up doing the entire Cambodia trip guided by the Sam Veasna Center. Fortunately, I had a second person with me for six of my 10 days as the costs of doing a guided trip on one’s own is quite high…
  • 2013 [03 March] - Phil Gregory

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    …The great wetland at Ang Trepeang Thmor (ATT) gave us a big soaring flock of 130 Spot-billed Pelican, around 70 Painted Stork, and a hybrid Painted x Milky Stork, plus Yellow Bittern, another fine Watercock, both jacanas, and Black-backed Swamphen, with a trepeang wetland en route stop giving great looks at Sarus Crane, which we even saw dancing, as well as a fine male Pied Harrier and the first of several Eastern Marsh Harriers. The very rare Eld's Deer was a good mammal tick here too; we saw a fine stag with those odd brow antlers, and several hinds with fawns….
  • 2013 [11 November] - Geoff Upton

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    Sarah and I spent three weeks in Cambodia and northern Thailand, mainly sightseeing with some birding. We’d been to Thailand a couple of times before but never to the north; Cambodia was entirely new to us….
  • 2014 [03 March] - Craig Robson

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    This years highlights included Chestnut-headed Partridge, amazing close views of Milky Stork, good perched and flight views of White-shouldered and Giant Ibises, White-rumped Falcon, Bengal Florican, magnificent Sarus Cranes, all three buttonquails, a feeding flock of Oriental Plovers, with males in full breeding plumage, a vagrant Long-billed Dowitcher, Pale-capped Pigeon, nine species of owl including Oriental Scops, Spotted Wood and Brown Wood, Black-headed Woodpecker, two stunning Blue Pittas, three beautiful Indochinese Green Magpies, Mekong Wagtail, the limestone-loving Bare-faced Bulbul, multiple Manchurian Reed Warblers, and the recently discovered Cambodian Tailorbird. Mammals were also prominent, with Lao Langur, Irrawaddy Dolphin and Eld’s Deer. Fine sunny weather and very smooth-running logistics enabled us to easily notch-up a good total of 333 species.
  • 2014 [03 March] - Phil Gregory & Srun Sikol

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    …Sarus Crane and Eld's Deer showed nicely, we had 6 species of owl in daylight again -- Brown Wood-Owl, Spotted Wood-Owl (at ATT for the first time), Spotted Owlet (also at ATT), Brown Fish-Owl (on nest too), and Brown Hawk-Owl, plus Asian Barred Owlet, of course. Major stars were of course the amazingly rare Giant and White-shouldered ibises, for which Cambodia is the very last remaining stronghold….
  • 2015 [02 February] - Birthe Rasmussen & Erik Vikkelsø Rasmussen - Thailand & cambodia

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    This report deals with a journey through Thailand and Cambodia for 4 weeks in January and February 2015 by a group of 4 Danish birdwatchers.
  • 2015 [02 February] - Craig Robson - Thailand & Cambodia

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    This new and relatively short tour, focusing on the extensive wetlands of the Gulf of Thailand, forested Khao Yai National Park in North-East Thailand, the amazing Angkor Wat, large waterbird colonies and grasslands of the Tonle Sap flood-plain, and dry-wooded northern plains of Cambodia, delivered a huge range of impressive flagship South-East Asian birds.
  • 2015 [02 February] - James Eaton - Laos and Cambodia

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    This was our third tour to include ‘twitching’ Laos, with the focus on the Bare-faced Bulbul, currently onlyknown from Laos and described just 6 years previously. We had just a couple of days birding, andmanaged a fine supporting cast of Sooty Babbler, Limestone Leaf Warbler, Red-vented and MoustachedBarbets, Silver-breasted Broadbill and White-throated Rock Thrush.
  • 2015 [02 February] - Joshua Bergmark - Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam

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    ... a Tropical Birding group had Slaty-breasted Rail lined up in the scope, and a Spot-breasted Woodpecker hung around briefly (Nathan's first woodpecker, finally, after 3 other Asia trips) but unfortunately the best birds came out after they left.
  • 2015 [03 March] - Charley Hesse - Birding the Khmer Kingdom

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    On this tour we saw an incredible 17 threatened species of birds including 6 critically endangered ones. With a redesigned itineraryincluding several key locations not visited by other companies we recorded 356 species of birds and an impressive 25 species of mammal.
  • 2015 [03 March] - Phil Gregory & Srun Sikol

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    We managed the major great rarity targets much as advertised, though getting far closer to Greater Adjutant than usual with 30 in one day at Prek Toal being very special. A family of Black-necked Storks was a plus also, as were 2 Milky Storks, plus a hybrid. Major stars were of course nice views and experiences with the amazingly rare Giant and White-shouldered ibises, for which Cambodia is the very last remaining stronghold.
  • 2015 [11 November] - Orient Birding

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    ...When we visited, most birds had not started to breed yet, but still there was animpressive sight of Open-billed Storks sitting in the trees, Painted Storks, OrientalDarters & Spot-billed Pelicans flying high above, on their way to feed in inundated ricefields.We saw 2 Grey-headed Fish-Eagles on our way. These Eagles still nest aroundTonle Sap....
  • 2016 [02 February] - John van der Woude

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    ...In Cambodia, the first three days were spent at sites not too far from our base in Siem Reap, the pleasant and famous (for the temples) city near the huge lake Tonle Sap. The latter four days were spent in the extensive woodlands in the central North of Cambodia, the area of the rare Giant and White-shouldered Ibises. It was a very pleasant trip across a high diversity of habitats....
  • 2016 [02 February] - Mike Nelson - Laos & Cambodia

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    Since the discovery of Bare-faced Bulbul in the foothills of the Anamite Mountains of Laos it has become aregular addition to our Cambodia tour in search of this odd looking but highly desirable bird.
  • 2016 [03 March] - Mike Nelson

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    ...some of Cambodia’s birding highlights like Giant and White-shouldered Ibis, White-rumped Falcon and an arrayof colorful woodpeckers. Its waterways are home to huge Greater and Lesser Adjutant and its wide grasslandsprovide a hiding place for Bengal Florican.
  • 2016 [03 March] - Phil Gregory

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    ...White-throated Rock-Thrush, Forest Wagtail, and Black Baza, for example! Another good thing about the tour is that much of the money we pay goes directly back into grass-roots level conservation, where a relatively small amount of money seems to achieve a lot, and valuable employment is provided for the excellent guides and drivers...
  • 2016 [11 November] - Greg Roberts - Cambodia & Laos

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    A mixed cultural and birding trip with Glenn Scherf to Cambodia and Laos, followed by a visit to Penang (see postscript to this trip report). An annotated diary follows.
  • 2016 [12 December] - Peter & Robin Marsh

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    ...The following day our primary target was the White-rumped Pygmy-falcon. Quite quickly 3 ofthe falcons were seen in a distant tree. Miraculously, no sooner had we noticed them than theyflew into a much nearer tree and provided superb views of 2 males and a female. We stoppednearby for another field breakfast and one of the local guides flushed a Brown Wood Owl whichflew into thick vegetation. We were able to find it again after some searching and got slightlyobscured scope views....
  • 2017 [02 February] - Craig Robson

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    The second installment of this recently created tour produced the goods once again. The addition of thehighly rated Kaeng Krachan National Park massively boosting our tally on this relatively short South-EastAsian tour, which focuses on the extensive gulf wetlands and famous national parks of Thailand, theamazing Angkor Wat, large waterbird colonies and floodplain grasslands of the Tonle Sap, and the dry woodednorthern plains of Cambodia...
  • 2017 [02 February] - Phil Gregory & Doug Gochfeld

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    ...Baeng Toal vulture restaurant got off to a flying start, with a great show of gluttony by the regular trio of Critically Endangered (CR) vulture species (White-rumped, Slender-billed, and Red-headed). All were excellent and gave wonderful views, with the new, much closer, well-camouflaged blind enabling crippling views as the birds fed on the nearby carcass....
  • 2017 [02 February] - Ulrik Andersen

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    ...Only two species are strictly endemic to the country – Cambodian Tailorbird and Cambodian Laughingthrush. However, its avian attractions include a series of large wading birds, all severely threatened: Greater Adjutant, Milky Stork, Spot-billed Pelican, Giant Ibis (the #1 target for any birding tour of Cambodia) and White-naped Ibis. Bengal Florican has its main remaining stronghold in Cambodia, and White-winged Duck can be seen with a bit of luck. Other great birds to be seen are White-rumped Falcon, Oriental Bay Owl (see cover photo), Bar-bellied Pitta, Green Peafowl, many woodpeckers and lots more.....
  • 2017 [05 May] - Matthew Kwan - Cambodia

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    However, when birders speak of Cambodia, the first thing that comes to mind is "last chance to see", as this country holds several critically endangered species that is now extremely difficult to find elsewhere, such as the mythical Giant Ibis, the equally mysterious White-shouldered Ibis, the very rare Bengal Floricans and many more...
  • 2017 [06 June] - Mikko Pyhälä

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    While on a holiday in Cambodia with my wife Pia, I was able to make exclusively birding trips with guide and facili@es provided by the Sam Veasna Center (SVC) in the North in Preah Vihear Province and in the South-East in Mondulkiri Province, as well as on my own in the South in the Kep Province. I also birded in the gardens of the capital city Phnom Penh.
  • 2018 [02 February] - Mike Nelson - Cambodia & Laos

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    The dry deciduous forests, open grasslands, marshy wetlands and limestone karst of Cambodia and Laos make for some brilliant birding. Some of South-east Asia’s most sought-after rarities reside here like Giant and Whiteshouldered Ibis, Greater Adjutant, Milky Stork, Bengal Florican, Cambodian Laughingthrush and recently described Bare-faced Bulbul, and these were just a few of the mouthwatering species we encountered on this tour.
  • 2018 [02 February] - Phil Gregory

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    The first morning of the tour saw us getting right into a dizzying array of birds at the Phnom Krom rice paddies to the south of town. Not only were some more birds with a strong southeast Asian flavor, such as Chestnut-capped Babbler, Oriental Darter, and Pheasant-tailed Jacana, but we also had a great showing of migrant shorebirds which were wintering in the area, including such locally scarce birds as Temminck’s and Long-toed Stints. We also had a surprise “Chinese” White Wagtail. The afternoon brought us to the high quality locally made crafts at Artisans Angkor, and then onto the Royal Gardens park where we got to observe the large daytime roost of several hundred Lyle’s Flying-Foxes. We were also treated to a great comparison of Asian Brown and Taiga flycatchers interacting with each other.

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