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

Cambodian Laughingthrush © Dubi Shapiro

Showing the 20 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted

Cambodia: 12th - 29th March 2005, author Josh Engel (added September 8, 2005)
(Bengal Florican, Manchurian Reed-Warbler, Swinhoe's Minivet, Giant and White-shouldered Ibis, Chestnut-headed Partridge)

South Vietnam & Cambodia, author Nguyen Hoai Bao (link created September 4, 2013)
(giant ibis, white-shouldered ibis, mekong wagtail, bengal florican vietnam, cambodia, tmatboey)

Seima Forest, Eastern Cambodia - 21st - 27th March 2016, author John Bowler (added September 27, 2016)

Cambodia, 28th March - 7th April 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 12, 2004)

Cambodia & central-north Thailand Feb 2016, author John van der Woude (link created October 10, 2016)

Cambodia - February 27 - March 9, 2013, author Jim Holmes (added May 13, 2013)
(Bengal Florican Reserve, Prey Vang, Tmatboey, Veal Krous, Kratie, and Seima)

Cambodia & Laos - 23rd April - 14th May 2012, author Wendy Newnham (added July 23, 2012)
(A trip to find Bengal Florican, Giant Ibis, White-shouldered Ibis & Bare-faced Bulbul)

Thailand and Cambodia 11th January - 25th January 2006, author Andrew Adcock (link created January 8, 2007)
(Khok Kham , Ban Pak Thale, Phnom Aural, Tmatboey)

Cambodia - 6th - 13th January 2008, author Low Bing Wen Albert (added January 24, 2008)
(Northern Circuit - Tmat Boey, Preah Vihear Wildlife Sanctuary , Kompong Thom)

Cambodia - 7th - 11th January 2010, author Howard Williams (added February 25, 2012)

Cambodia & Vietnam: 21st Jan – 7th March 2006, author Jon Hornbuckle (added December 9, 2007)
(Small Pratincole, Mekong Wagtail, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Crested Serpent-Eagle)

Siem Reap, Cambodia - October 2006, author Charles Hamel (added December 27, 2006)
(Angkor Wat, Hill Myna, Blue-tailed Bee-eater)

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 and Laos scheduled tour: Jan/Feb 2015, author Mike Nelson (link created December 11, 2016)
(Cambodian Laughingthrush, Giant Ibis, Cambodian Tailorbird, Mekong Wagtail, Chinese Grassbird)

Cambodia 7th - 28th March 2008, author Ewan Urquhart (added April 8, 2008)
(My aim to see all my target species was achieved except for Manchurian Warbler. I saw 240 species in total.)

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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