Birding Factoids

80 species
 in 31 families
(probably incomplete data)

No endemic species
4 speciality birds
17 endangered species

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Cambodia Specialities
Open-billed Stork - Photo copyright Vijay Cavale
Photo copyright Vijay Cavale

Spot-billed Pelican - ENDANGERED - Photo copyright Manu K., Mysore, India (also the Redberry Pelican Project)

Photo copyright Manu K., Mysore, India (also the Redberry Pelican Project)
    ...Cambodia - Annotated Ramsar List - This site contains information
      • Boeng Chhmar and Associated River System and Floodplain
      • Koh Kapik and Associated Islets
      • Middle Stretches of the Mekong River north of Stoeng Treng

      Tonle Sap Lake, the coastal areas in Koh Kong province 

      and the flooded forest along the Mekong River from Stung Treng to the border with Laos have all been identified as potential RAMSAR sites - minimal information available on the WWW. This is the home of the largest remaining breeding colony in the world for the endangered Spot-billed Pelican, about 5,000 birds. See also this site and this site.

    ...In Search of the Giant Ibis - Cambodia! The name conjures up 

      images of continual war, poverty, millions of land mines, and rampant crime. This was all too true just a few years ago. The war is over and the law and order situation has improved greatly. Poverty and the land mines remain. Fortunately, they failed to put mines in all parts of the country and the mined areas are well known and can be avoided.In spite of being war-ravaged, Cambodia still contains significant forested areas and some of the most prolific wetland areas in Southeast Asia, including remnant populations of several endangered species of birds. One of those, the Giant Ibis, is one of the most endangered species in the world. In January 2001, Pete Davidson discovered a relict population of Giant Ibis in northern Cambodia, numbering 40-70 birds, more than were believed to exist. 

    ...Trip Report: Cambodia, March 28 - April 7, 2002 by Graham Talbot

      and Chris Campion. Following the publication of Ben King's report on his web site detailing his trip to see Giant Ibis, Chris and myself discussed the possibility of twitching them from Hong Kong. The logistics however seemed immense and the thought was soon  dismissed. However following the publication of Peter Davison's excellent article on the Giant Ibis in World Birdwatch and his  subsequent paper "Seeing the Giant Ibis", it seemed that the logistics were not that difficult. We originally planned a short  stay with the sole intent of seeing the Ibis however we modified our plans when it became apparent that we could also see Bengal Florican and the recently described Mekong Wagtail. 
    ....Trip Report: Bangkok and Cambodia, by Genie Silver. In early 
      January, 2003, my husband and I spent several days in Bangkok and 6 days in Cambodia.  This was not a birding trip but I birded one  morning for a few hours on the outskirts of Bangkok. In Cambodia, my husband joined me for a 6 hour round trip on the Tonle Sap Lake to  the Prektol Birding Sanctuary. 
    ....Trip Report: Unexpected SE Asia: Thailand, Cambodia and 
      Malaysia. April 9 – May 9, 2003, by Garry George. This was our third trip to the region in an attempt to fill in the big holes in our list. We planned April because the big holes might be calling. The Spoonbill Sandpiper reliable for the past few years at Kok Karm were another factor. We had expectations. But one of the great joys of birding and nature is the unexpected event that interrupts the flow of expectation and awakens us from our numbing assumptions, much like the Buddha’s teaching.

    Factoids taken from Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley

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Ochraceous Bulbul - Photo copyright Laurence Poh
Photo copyright Laurence Poh
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Endemics and Specialities

in Cambodia

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.05, supplemented by material found in Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley. Asian speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Asia. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International.  The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Cambodia. 

Endemics in Cambodia
Endangered Birds in Cambodia
(endemics are printed in bold italic)

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Bengal Florican
___ Black-bellied Tern
___ Chestnut-headed Partridge
___ Giant Ibis
___ Greater Adjutant
___ Green Peafowl
___ Indian Skimmer
___ Lesser Adjutant
___ Masked Finfoot
___ Milky Stork
___ Siamese Fireback
___ Spot-billed Pelican
___ White-shouldered Ibis
___ White-winged Duck
___ Greater Spotted Eagle
___ Pallas's Fish-Eagle
___ Silver Oriole

Other Speciality and Near-Endemic Species in Cambodia
(adapted from Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley.)

___ Bar-bellied Pitta
___ Blue-rumped Pitta
___ Coral-billed Ground-Cuckoo ___ Painted Stork

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