With a traumatic recent history Cambodia has been virtually inaccessible to birders until the late 90's. Now that most of the country has been de-mined much of the country is accessible.
Recent bird research has identified Cambodia's importance with several globally threatened species (including Slender-billed and White-rumped Vulture and Giant and White-shouldered Ibis) and a few near endemics. Newly discovered populations of the Bengal Florican, which have doubled its population estimate give some hope for future survival of the species.
Although the government has recently created several National Parks the level of legal and illegal logging and burning of forests for agricultural purposes has put the natural habitat under extreme pressure. In the Cardamon Mountains in the south-west of the country at the right altitude and in the right habitat the endemic subspecies of Chestnut-headed Partridge and Cambodian Laughingthrush are common. Other good species in this region include potential endemic splits of White-tailed Robin and Blue-winged Minla. At Kratie, a popular tourist stop-over along the Mekong river, birders can find the recently described Mekong Wagtail.
For more information read Cambodia - a rare bird bonanza by Vincent Van der Spek, Alula 1/2006
Cambodian Laughingthrush © Dubi Shapiro
Showing the 20 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted
Seima Forest, Eastern Cambodia - 21st - 27th March 2016, author John Bowler (added September 27, 2016)
Thailand and Cambodia 11th January - 25th January 2006, author Andrew Adcock (link created January 8, 2007)
(Khok Kham , Ban Pak Thale, Phnom Aural, Tmatboey)
European Starling in Cambodia - First Recorded Sighting - 2nd December 2014, author Tom Wheatley (added December 2, 2014)
(European Starling, Battambang area, Cambodia)
Cambodia & Laos - 11th - 29th November 2016 , author Greg Roberts (added December 11, 2016)
(Tmatboey and Kratie in Cambodia (Giant Ibis, Mekong Wagtail, Cambodian Tailorbird). Karsts of Highway 8 in Laos (Bare-faced Bulbul, Sooty Babbler))
Cambodia and Laos scheduled tour: Jan/Feb 2016, author Mike Nelson (link created December 11, 2016)
(Giant Ibis, White-shouldered Ibis, Bare-faced Bulbul, Bengal Florican, Manchurian Reed Warbler, Cambodian Tailorbird)
Cambodia - Siem Reap and Ankor Wat - February 2008, author Andrew Forsyth (added April 27, 2008)
(Cambodia, Sam Veasna Centre, SVC, Ankor Wat, Asian Barred Owlet, Daintree Birdwatching)
Cambodia, 5th March - 18th March 2006, author Marc Ameels (added April 13, 2006)
(Our main targets included Giant and White-shouldered Ibis, the recently described Mekong Wagtail, Chestnut-headed Partridge and others)
Cambodia - March 2-18 2008, author Phil Gregory (added April 12, 2008)
(Prek Toael, Tmatboey, Okoki, Ang Trapaeng Thmor, Angkor, Kratie, Kompong Thom, Giant Ibis, White-shouldered Ibis, White-winged Wood Duck)
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