15-day Cambodia Birding Tour Report covers a 15-day Cambodia birding tour in January 2024 with Sam Veasna Conservation Tours (SVC).

Small Pratincole is pictured above. 

Dates:
 10th to 24th January 2024

Report Written By: Mardy Sean, SVC Bird Guide

Locations:  Angkor Wat, Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, Ang Treapang Thmor, Tmat Boey, Bengal Florican Grasslands, Preah Vihear Temple, Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant, Kratie, Jahoo, Dak Dam, Cambodian Tailbord Site, Phnom Penh.

Total No. of Bird Species: 263

Total No. of Mammal Species: 17

Map of Locations (not exact locations of birding spots):

Introduction

Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia and shares the border with Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. In the central part, Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and it is home to thousands of water birds.

The Northern Plain covers most parts of Preah Vihear Province, Stueng Treng, and some parts of Mondulkiri Province. Cambodia has recently become one of the most popular bird watching destinations in Asia, largely owing to the presence of the suite of species virtually or wholly impossible to see anywhere else, including Giant and White-shouldered Ibis, Bengal Florican, Mekong Wagtail and Cambodian Tailorbird.

Situated in the heart of Indochina, representative species from the Annamites of Vietnam penetrate north-east Cambodia, e.g. Grey-faced Tit-babbler and Red-vented Barbet, while the southwest is home to species confined to the Cardamoms such as Chestnut-headed Partridge, Cambodian Blue Robin, Cambodian Flowerpecker, and Cambodian Laughingthrush, most of which also occur in easternmost Thailand.

These days Cambodia is an open, safe and very friendly country that is easily accessible to the outside world, with its turbulent and tragic revolutionary period already decades in the past. This little-known and seldom-visited country, characterized by ancient temples such as Angkor Wat, mighty rivers and remote forests, plays host to some avian delights which are nowhere else found so easily.

Highlights of the tour

• Greater Adjutant
• Bengal Florican
• Giant Ibis
• Red-headed Vultures
• White-rumped Vultures
• White-shouldered Ibis
• Black-headed Woodpecker
• Great Slaty Woodpecker
• Yellow-crowned Woodpecker
• Freckled-breasted Woodpecker
• Rufous-bellied Woodpecker
• Savanna Nightjar
• Greater Yellownape
• Oriental Scops Owl
• Alexandrine Parakeet
• Crested Treeswift
• Blossom-headed Parakeet
• Mekong Wagtail
• Van Hasselt’s Sunbird
• Crimson Sunbird
• White-crested Laughingthrush
• Siberian Rubythroat

Critical Cambodia 5-day Tour

Six Critically Endangered birds in five days!

Cambodia is the last stronghold of a set of magnificent birds that are now so globally rare they are considered Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. This tour is a superb opportunity, not just to see these incredible species, but by supporting SVCs work with community-based conservation to give them a chance of continued survival.

Most of the bird watching takes place in open dry forest, a beautiful habitat in which to watch birds. One night is spent in our large safari-style tents, with the other nights at a purpose-built community ecolodge.

Giant Ibis Birding Tour: 3 Days, 2 Nights

Join SVC to see Giant Ibis and White-shouldered Ibis at Tmat Boey Ecolodge. This private tour also offers packages to see Bengal Florican and visit Preah Vihear Temple on Day 2.

Giant Ibis Birding Tour: 2 Days, 1 Night

Giant Ibis Birding Tour in a hurry! 2 days, 1 night at Tmat Boey Ecolodge – home of Giant Ibis and White-shouldered Ibis. Option to see Bengal Florican on the way to Tmat Boey Ecolodge.

Trip Report


Day 1: Pick up from Siem Reap International Airport

After pick up the group from the new Airport (Siem Reap International Airport), we traveled back to Siem Reap and it takes us around one hour to get there. Today, we departure straight to the hotel. After check-in we moved for lunch at the “Old Market” then going to visit one of the Buddhist monasteries here in Siem Reap town. This pagoda is the most attractive place to see while the tourists are in Siem Reap. Tonight, the clients having dinner in the hotel.

Day 2: Angkor Wat 

This morning, we departure from the hotel around 4:45 AM, and we continued straight to the ticket booth, where we will stop and buy the ticket for Angkor Wat. When we had the ticket, we drove to the eastern part of the temple, which is very quiet and we began to walk along the path with some light from our torches.

The sound of the Asian Barred Owlet and Greater Racket-tailed Drongo were thrilling in the morning. Stopping by the back part of the main building we could see the 3 silhouette towers up high in the sky with their shapes like lotus flowers. Once we arrived at one of the pools in front of the temple, we stood there and waited for the golden, orange light to appear above the horizon of Angkor Wat, making the temple even more stunning and giving the best view for all tourists that stand there too. When the temple received light and the areas started to be visible, then we managed to go to the northern part into a forest where, we saw Lineated Barbet, Taiga Flycatcher, Hainan Blue Flycatcher, Brown-rumped Minivet, Asian Barred Owlet, Black-naped Oriole, White Wagtail, etc.

When we arrived at the northern gate, we turned off to see the vast moat of Angor Wat, which water surrounded the temple, there we saw Black-capped Kingfishers, Little Cormorant, and Chinese Pond-Heron, they were foraging by the moat. Leaving the temple, we went to our car and had some breakfast, our croissant, bread, jam and butter with some fruits, coffee, and tea.

Leaving the breakfast place, we began at Taprohm Temple, the Tomb Raider also known as the Jungle Temple. Here is the home of the Red-breasted and Alexandrine Parakeets. The temple consists of several huge trees which grown hundreds of years over the building, but those trees are home to many bird species. The highlights from this area are Red-breasted Parakeet, Alexandrine Parakeet, Common Hill Myna, Lineated Barbet and some of the Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, Two-barred Warbler, and Yellow-browed Warbler.

Leaving Ta Prohm temple, we went straight to the lunch place, “Khmer Village Restaurant” located east of Taprohm Temple and opposite of the “Royal Bath”. After lunch, we moved to the small temple, “Ta Nei”, and we began to search for the beautiful Primates “Pileated Gibbons”. We found a group of 5 Gibbons with one baby resting in the forest after mid-day.

A mother and baby Pileated Gibbon 

We moved to visit Angkor Thom City, where there are more giant stone faces carved on Bayon Temple. More than what you expected, the carvings here revealed the Khmer history and the Kingdom of Cambodia especially the wildlife such as Sarus Crane, Eld’s Deer, and some kinds of Monkeys too. In the last temple, we went to the Sunset at Angkor Wat. This wonderful monument has attracted millions of tourists to Cambodia every day. 

Day 3: Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary

We began our tour very early this morning. Leaving the hotel before Sunrise we head straight to Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and it is a home of a breeding ground for the most important and globally threatened species of Waterbirds. Leaving by off-road car for around 45 minutes then we arrived at the floating village, Mechrey where we switched to using another transport, a big boat, but a bit of noise to go through the small stream until we reached another biggest floating villages in Cambodia, Prektoal. Right here, we stopped to use the restroom and climbed to the top of the building to see the best view of the whole village from the tower. we then switched to using the community boat which is smaller to go through the flooded forest into a core zone of Prek Toal Wildlife Sanctuary. 

The boat took us around half an hour away from the village and then we arrived at the bird home, along the way we could see so many birds flying back and forth, thousands of water birds flying in the sky, Painted Storks, Asian Openbill, Spot-billed Pelicans, Oriental Darters, three species of the Cormorants, Little, Indian and Great Cormorant and many Chinese Pond-Heron

Greater Adjutant at Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary

Arriving at the bird zone, the breeding colony, we climbed up the ladder, made by the park ranger on a flooded tree up high above the water, approximately seven-eight meters, but it could be more when the water dries up. Right here we arrived at the colony of the Lesser Adjutant. While we kept scanning across the heat haze and trees to trees, the Greater Adjutant appeared in our sight, they sometimes flew to the other bird nests, such as the Oriental Darter and then started swallowing those babies before they flew up high in the sky with the other flock. Standing on the tree tower, we have a great chance to view the whole forest and all the birds in the nests especially those flying in the sky.

Today we had a lot of highlight birds from here, Greater and Lesser Adjutant, Painted Stork, Spot-billed Pelican, Oriental Darter, Black-headed and Glossy Ibis and more waterbirds. Leaving this amazing bird colony, we came back to the village where we had a delicious lunch, which was prepared by community cooks.

After lunch, we departed back, but before we arrived at the hotel, we stopped by the “Royal Garden” which is located near the Royal Resident. There are two lines of huge trees standing near an old shrine, those trees have become the best roosting trees for the Large Fruit Bats in the middle of Siem Reap town. Then we returned to the hotel.

Lesser Adjutant

Common Kingfisher

Spot-billed Pelican

Day 4: Ang Trapeang Thmor

Today, we drove around 2 hours to the western part of Siem Reap City, the place known as “Ang Trapeang Thmor or Sarus Crane Reserve Area”. On the way we saw hundreds of the three species of Egret, Little, Medium and Great Egrets, foraging in the middle of the rice fields. Pied Kingfishers, Black Drongos, and Blue-tailed Bee-eaters perched on the wire. Sometimes, we could see Eastern Marsh Harrier flying very low over the field perhaps looking for some rodent species such as rats, etc. Common Myna, Great Myna, and many sparrows began to work on the road, picking up some rice crops which fell from the transportation every day and then on the eucalyptus trees, we saw White-shouldered Starling and Oriental Reed Warbler often moving around.

We had our breakfast stop right here, then continued another 30 more minutes to the Wildlife Conservation Society sub-office to meet up with our local guides and research team so use the restroom before going to the northern part of this protected area. We drove around 30 more minutes to get to the dry forest mixed with rice fields and a natural pond, but on the way, we stopped at the dam and we saw, hundreds of Lesser Whistling Ducks, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Little Grebe, and thousands of Garganeys, they all are foraging on the shallow water but off the bank away from people. There are some waterlilies, growing here, and often the Pheasant-tailed Jacana is found moving slowly around the flowers and pads, picking up food here too. At this time of the year, the rice field is not dry yet, so we stopped the car and moved along here to look for some owls in the small patch of forest. 

 

Flock of Painted Storks

Before turning into the forest, we saw many birds feeding on both sides of the road such as; Painted Storks, Spot-billed Pelicans, Grey Herons, giving the best view compared to yesterday at the lake. There are some owls here, Common Barn Owl, Spotted Owlets, then we heard Asian Barred Owlet, and finally, Spotted Wood Owls were seen at the roosting tree. Not at all there are more highlights here such as; Asian Koel, Red-wattled Lapwing, Greater Flameback, Rufous Treepie, Racket-tailed Treepie, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Eastern Marsh Harrier, Greater Spotted Eagle, Black Kite (Black-eared), Lineated Barbet, Ruby-checked Sunbirds, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, etc. We had a great day.

Driving back from the forest we stopped at WCS office, where we had lunch, and then we went to visit a silk village before we arrived at the hotel. This evening, we had dinner at one of the great restaurants in Siem Reap, “Morokat Angkor”, here provides a variety of food and great shows at the end with amazing performances too.

Day 5, 6 and 7: Tmat Boey via Bengal Florican Grasslands

This morning, we began with another early start from the hotel. Around five in the morning, we proceed to the eastern part of Siem Reap. We drove around 2 hours from there then turned off to the rice field when we arrived at Prolay Commune.

We stopped at a rice field near the main road into the grassland areas, there we saw Eastern Marsh Harrier, Pied Harrier, Black Drongo, Chinese Pond-Herons, and we saw the distant Spot-billed Pelican perched on a very big post in the middle of the grassland there. We then continued to drive more into the grassland when sunlight came more and made the field so bright. We stopped by the areas, where our local guides spotted one of the Bengal Floricans, and we had our breakfast there while observing birds such as the Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Oriental Skylark, Lanceolated Warbler, Singing Bushlark and many Germain’s Swiftlet, Bank Swallow flying in the sky.  

A male Bengal Florican

Around the grassland, we saw a few Bengal Floricans, and while we moved along the grassy areas, we had a chance to see Common Buttonquail, Red Avadavat, Striated Grassbirds, Scaly-breasted Munias. When we passed some ponds, we saw Spotted Redshank, Common Greenshank, and Little Ring Plover.

Leaving the grassland, we continued to Tmat Boey area, but we stopped for lunch in a local restaurant, the food was great and big place with a nice garden. This late afternoon, arriving at the village, we picked up our local guide and went to see the White-shouldered Ibis roosting area. We drove into the village and turned off there for around 20 minutes then we walked around half a kilometre along the rice fields and dry forest, there we saw many birds such as; Alexandrine Parakeet, Blossom-headed Parakeet, Red-breasted Parakeets, Plain Prinias, Brown Prinias, Rufescent Prinia, Indochinese Roller on the way before we stopped and sit down at the waiting area.

Before the ibis arrived, we had a wonderful time to see Great Slaty Woodpeckers, there were 4 of them coming to the roost, singing and playing right in front of us. White-shouldered Ibis arrived at the roost a bit late in the evening. Tonight, we did not stay in Tmat Boey eco-lodge, but we had dinner there. We stayed overnight in “Phnom Tbeng Resort”, which is around 40 40-minute drive. The next day, we went for the Giant Ibis, and we saw them at the roosting tree. We also see many woodpecker species.

An adult Giant Ibis in a tree

The last day we kept checking more sites and looking for more species we had missed.

Day 8: Preah Vihear Temple

This morning around 5:30 AM we departed from our hotel for “Preah Vihear Temple”. After around two hours of driving, we then arriving at the Lotus Pond just before the ticket booth. We stopped right here and had our breakfast which we prepared and all were fresh fruits and snacks with some hot coffee and tea.

This place is one of the great birding spots before we continued to see the temple next. We had a good chance to see Ashy Wood swallow, White-throated Kingfisher, Little Grebe, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Two-barred Warbler, and especially we saw one Pale-capped Pigeon fly by. After breakfast, we went straight to the ticket booth and hired the pick-up truck to send us to the mountain and temple. 

Preah Vihear Temple, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Preah Vihear Temple was built in the 9th century. This Hindu temple is situated on the high Clift of the Mountain around 625 meters high. In 2008 the temple became a world UNESCO site after the temple had been in conflict between Thai and Cambodia in past years.

We spent a couple hours visiting this lovely temple then we moved back to our car and drove back to the hotel. After checking out we continued for around 20 more minutes to the next town “Tbeng” and we checked in at “Ly Hout” guest house.

Having lunch near here then around 3:30 PM we went to visit “Lake 95”. We had a good time at this place. We saw the Siberian Rubythroat, very well, the bird came and stayed very long for us. By the small carnal links to the wetland and marshland, we saw the Oriental Reed Warbler, Black-browed Reed Warbler, White-Browed Crake, Bronze-winged Jacana, Brown Shirke, and many other birds here. We came back to our hotel and stayed one more night there.

Day 9: Tbeng Town to Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant

This morning after breakfast at the hotel we began our journey to visit “95 Lake” located about five kilometres from the “Tbeng” town. This morning, we had such a good time here, we saw the Siberian Rubythroat, Black-browed Reed Warbler, Brown Prinia, Brown Shrike, Black-naped Oriole, Amur Stonechat, Plain-backed Sparrow, Black-collared Starling, Indochinese Roller, Common Kingfisher, etc. Then around 9:00 AM, we head back to Tbeng Town, and we visited the market so as bought some food and fruits for our next camping tonight at the Vulture Restaurant.

After lunch in Tbeng Town, we drove around for two more hours to get to the next place. After discussing with our local guide around 3:00 PM we began to walk through the dry dipterocarp forest along the forest to the vulture hide, we saw so many birds this afternoon such as; White-bellied Woodpecker, we heard the Great Slaty Woodpecker, Black-headed Woodpecker, Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker. Before we arrived at our hide, we walked another 400 meters to the roosting tree of Brown Wood Owl, and we finally saw this bird promptness. Not very far from here, is the vulture hide we walked straight to that area, and we had a chance to see seven White-rumped Vultures and one Red-headed Vulture enjoying their carcass the whole late afternoon. We began to walk back to our camp and had dinner there, which was cooked by the local community members. This evening we saw the Oriental Scops Owl and also the Large-tailed Nightjar. Overnight at the Vulture Restaurant.

Day 10: Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant to Kratie

This early morning, after breakfast around our camp and before we started to walk back to our hide, we spent our short morning birding just around our camp. You will never believe what we saw standing in one place; Blossom-headed Parakeet, Red-breasted Parakeet, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Chestnut-tailed Starling, Vinous-breasted Myna, Scarlet Minivet, Common Woodshrike, Hair-crested Drongo, Rufous Treepie, Purple Sunbird, Golden-fronted Leafbird, etc. Then we continued to the vulture restaurant and observed the carcass with only 2 species of Vultures at the time, one Red-headed Vulture and five White-rumped Vulture.

After leaving the Vulture Restaurant, we depart for Steung Treng Province and have lunch at “Sun Tha” restaurant. After lunch, we continued for around two more hours then we arrived at “Kampi”, known as the Irrawaddy Dolphin Pool.

A beautiful male Mekong Wagtail from the boat trip on Mekong

Right here we took the motor boat along the Mekong River and we are looking for the Mekong Wagtail. We saw a few, and after that, we spent our last hours with sunset on the Mekong while looking for Irrawaddy Dolphin. We had such a great time over here. We finished and we drove around twenty more minutes to get to the hotel. Tonight, we stayed in Kratie Town. 

Day 11: Kratie to Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri

This morning, after we finished the breakfast. We took a ferry which normally use by local people which taking people from one side of the island to the other. The Ferry normally started around 7:30 AM, and went back and forth all the time. But sometimes, you may wait a bit long, but there is still the spare one which you have to pay and cover the whole price.

The island “Koh Troung” has become a refuge area for the Small Pratincole which always presents here. While we were there, we saw many Small Pratincole, Blue-throat, Dusky Warbler, Paddyfield Pipit, Striated Swallow etc.

Indian White Eye

Around 10:30 PM, we departed from Kratie for around 2 more hours then we stopped by the Restaurant called “Champa Pich” and had lunch there before we visited Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary.

This afternoon, before we arrived at our hotel in Sen Monorom, we visited the place called “KM 164” which is located in Seima Wildlife Sanctuary for around one hour. Right here, we saw Green-Eared Barbet, Blue-eared Barbet, Greater Flameback, Collared Falconet, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Yellow-browed Warbler, etc. One more bird we also heard here, is the Red-vented Barbet. We then continued to the hotel “Green House Retreat” and stayed overnight there.

Day 12: Jahoo Gibbon Camp

This morning around 4:30 AM we departure from the hotel and drive down to Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, and we will go to Jahoo Gibbon Camp.

Jahoo Gibbon Camp is a community-operated ecotourism site created in 2012 in collaboration with the indigenous Bunoung where the Endangered Southern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon has been habituated and more friendly with the tourists. Black-shanked Douc, and Northern Pig-tailed Macaque, are usually seen while visiting here.

We arrived here around 5:00 AM and we had some coffee before we started. We began to walk slowly down the small slopes and at around 6:15 AM, the Gibbons started to call and our guide took us straight to the area where the sound came from. We saw them very well the whole family of group #2 this time they had a baby. After the Gibbons, we followed the trail and we saw, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Banded Braodbill, Grey-faced Tit-Babbler, Yellow-bellied Warbler, White-rumped Shama, etc.

In the late morning, we walked back to our camp and had lunch. The food here is amazing, cooked by our Bunoung people “Somlor Prong”, local people use the Bamboo and add everything inside such as; small eggplant, young rattan shoot, long bean, pumpkin, garlic, and any favourite meat they want or it can be vegetable too.

This late afternoon we went to Veal Marich looking for the Green Peafowl, but unfortunately, we had no chance to see them. The other way around we saw Black-shanked Douc there.

We returned to the hotel in Sen Monorom around 5:25 PM. We ate at the hotel. There are many different kinds of food and great beer too.

Day 13: Dak Dam and Oromis

This morning we had a lovely breakfast at the hotel before our 40-minute drive to the Dak Dam area. Dak Dam is very near to the Vietnam Border, on the eastern plains, the mixed evergreen forest at 750-850 m supports a range of Annamite species restricted to this corner of Cambodia. While we were walking down there, we had a great chance to see Indochinese Barbet, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Van Hasselt’s Sunbirds, Crimson Sunbird, Black-throated Sunbird, (Langbian Sunbird) Fire-breasted Flowerpecker etc.

Then we kept walking down along the small path to the Pepper Plantation, right here there was a Germain’s Peacock Pheasant calling very close to us just five meters, we could not find it due to the area being very dense and share the small stream which we could not go through. At the edge of this pepper plantation was a very good spot for many birds, Scarlet Minivet, Plaintive Cuckoo, Black Bulbul, Ashy Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul and Sooty-headed Bulbul, they enjoy their time foraging here as well.

Around 10:00 AM we kept driving more to another location and we were so close to the Vietnam Border. We stopped by one of the areas, where both sides of the road are evergreen forest. We had our highlight here, Blue-bearded Bee-eaters, again the Indochinese Barbet and some of the Greater Yellownape have shown up very well. Around 11:30 AM we depart back to our hotel and have lunch.

This afternoon, we visited Oromis, this little spot has resorts and some gardens and Café, and so is the restaurant where tourists can normally stop by and order something to eat and rest. When we first arrived, we saw Indian White Eye, Black-browed Fulvetta, Indochinese Barbet, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, White-throated Fantail, Green Billed Malkoha, and also Mountain Imperial Pigeon. We then moved back to the hotel for dinner.

Day 14: Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri to Cambodian Tailorbird Site

Early morning, we departed from the hotel and packed with us the food and fruits. This morning we stopped somewhere on the way and looked for some bird species around the place while we were having breakfast, there were fresh fruits, breads, Jam and Butter with hot pleasant coffee and tea all the way. This morning, we were looking for the Green Peafowl, and there was no luck this time.

Departure from this place we drove for a few hours and stopped by one of the PTT petrol stations, near Phnom Penh, our capital where we will have some lunch. This small restaurant provides good food, there is fried rice, fried noodles, Tomyam soup, and many different kinds of food as well. After we finished lunch, we departed for Phnom Penh, but after a couple of hours of driving, we arrived at the place called “7NG” the new Skyland. This is a new developing area where they planned to build a new city for the big population growth in Phnom Penh in the future. We drove off from the main road along the small dusty road bordered by the small canals full of lotus and reeds.

We stopped the car then we checked at one of the spots, we saw at least 4 Cambodian Tailorbirds and Plain Prinias, and at the same spot, we also saw the Ornate Sunbirds the female came to check what was going on here as well. Not very far from this spot, we took a car and drove around 20 minutes to another old monastery which is very near to the big capital of Phnom Penh. Here, we had a chance to see more of the Cambodian Tailorbird, Collared Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Coppersmith Barbet, Golden-bellied Gerygone, Malaysian Pied Fantail, Arctic Warbler, etc. This little site is the favourite spot for many birders who live around Phnom Penh City, both Khmer and foreigners.

Leaving this place, we took the ferry down to Phnom Penh. This was a great trip because while we were moving along, we can also see many Whiskered Tern, flying around here as well with the best view of Phnom Penh. This evening we had dinner and stayed in Doung Chan Hotel, a remarkable place with great food and drink and nice friendly staff. Good choice.

Cambodian Tailorbird

Common Kingfisher

Paddyfield Pipit

Day 15: Phnom Penh City Tour

This morning after breakfast at the hotel, we then departure by Tuk Tuk which stood by in front of the hotel. We explore the city and then continue to visit the Royal Place which is located in front of the junctions Rivers. This tour took us around one hour and a half to explore and see everything in that area. We began with the main entrance and then continued to the throne hall. This building right here allows only one time for the king to be seated on the throne chair during the coronation day.

We also visit the Silver Pagoda or the emerald Buddha statue. In this place, a life-sized solid-gold Maitreya Buddha is weighing 90 kg dressed in royal regalia and set with 9584 diamonds, the largest of which weighs 25 carats. Sadly, only 2086 diamonds remain, while another 7498 diamonds were stolen during decades of war in Cambodia.

Around 10:00 AM we returned to the hotel and then we were ready for check-out. We transferred the clients to Phnom Penh International Airport.

Mardy Sean

Mardy Sean

SVC Bird Guide

Mardy has over 15 years of bird-guiding experience with SVC. His favourite birding locations in Cambodia are Tmat Boey and Bengal Florican Grasslands.

 

Complete Bird List

Total No. of Bird Species: 263

 

1. Lesser Whistling-Duck – Dendrocyhna javanica
2. Knob-billed Duck – Sarkidiornis melanotos
3. Cotton Pygmy-Goose – Nettapus coromandelianus
4. Garganey – Spatula querquedula
5. Indian Spot-billed Duck – Anas poecilorhyncha
6. Green Peafowl – Pavo muticus
7. Germain’s Peacock-Pheasant – Polyplectron germaini
8. Red Junglefowl – Gallus gallus
9. Chinese Francolin – Francolinus pintadeanus
10. Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
11. Rock Pigeon – Columba livia
12. Pale-capped Pigeon – Columba punicea
13. Red Collared Dove – Streptopelia tranquebarica
14. Spotted Dove – Spilopelia chinensis
15. Zebra Dove – Geopelia striata
16. Orange-breasted Green-Pigeon – Treron bicinctus
17. Thick-billed Green-Pigeon – Treron curvirostra
18. Pin-tailed Green-Pigeon – Treron apicauda
19. Green Imperial Pigeon – Ducula aenea
20. Mountain Imperial Pigeon – Ducula badia
21. Bengal Florican – Houbaropsis bengalensis
22. Greater Coucal – Centropus sinensis
23. Lesser Coucal – Centropus bengalensis
24. Green-billed Malkoha – Phaenicophaeus tristis
25. Asian Koel – Eudynamys scolopaceus
26. Violet Cuckoo – Chrysococcyx xanthorchynchus
27. Banded Bay Cuckoo – Cacomantis sonneratii
28. Plaintive Cuckoo – Cacomantis merulinus
29. Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo – Surniculus lugubris
30. Large-tailed Nightjar – Capfrimulgus macrurus
31. Savanna Nightjar – Caprimulgus affinis
32. Germain’s Swiftlet – Aerodramus germani
33. Asian Palm Swift – Cypsiurus balasiensis
34. Crested Treeswift – Hemiprocne coronata
35. House Swift – Apus nipalensis
36. Pacific Swift – Apus pacificus
37. Eurasian Coot – Fulica atra
38. White-browed Crake – Poliolimnas cinereus
39. Sarus Crane – Antigone antigone
40. Little Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius
41. Red-wattled Lapwing – Vanellus indicus
42. Pheasant-tailed Jacana – Hydrophasianus chirurgus
43. Bronze-winged Jacana – Metopidius indicus
44. Pin-tailed Snipe – Gallinago stenura
45. Common Sandpiper – Actitis hypoleucos
46. Spotted Redshank – Tringa erythropus
47. Common Greenshank – Tringa nebularia
48. Small Buttonquail – Turnix sylvaticus
49. Small Pratincole – Glareola lactea
50. Whiskered Tern – Chilonias hybrida
51. Asian Openbill – Anastomus oscitans
52. Lesser Adjutant – Leptoptilos javanicus
53. Greater Adjutant – Leptoptilos dubius
54. Painted Stork – Mycteria leucocephala
55. Oriental Darter – Anhinga melanpogaster
56. Little Cormorant – Microcarbo niger
57. Great Cormorant –
58. Indian Cormorant – Phalacrocorax fuscicollis
59. Spot-billed Pelican – Pelecanus philippensis
60. Cinnamon Bittern – Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
61. Yellow Bittern – Ixobrychus sinensis
62. Black-crowned Night Heron – Nycticorax nycticorax
63. Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
64. Striated Heron – Butorides striata
65. Chinese Pond-Heron – Ardeola bacchus
66. Javan Pond-Heron – Ardeola speciosa
67. Eastern Cattle Egret – Bubulcus coromandus
68. Great Egret – Ardea alba
69. Medium Egret – Ardea intermedia
70. Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
71. Purple Heron – Ardea purpurea
72. Glossy Ibis – Plegdis falcinellus
73. Black-headed Ibis – Threskiornis melanocephalus
74. White-shouldered Ibis – Pseudibis davisoni
75. Giant Ibis – Pseudibis gigantea
76. Osprey – Pandion haliaetus
77. Black-winged Kite – Elanus caeruleus
78. Oriental Honey-buzzard – Pernis ptilorhynchus
79. Black Baza – Aviceda leuphotes
80. Red-headed Vulture – Sarcogyps calvus
81. White-rumped Vulture – Gyps bengalensis
82. Crested Serpent-Eagle – Spilornis cheela
83. Changeable Hawk-Eagle – Nisaetus cirrhatus
84. Greater Spotted Eagle – Clanga clanga
85. Rufous-winged Buzzard – Butastur liventer
86. Eastern Marsh Harrier – Circus spilonotus
87. Pied Harrier – Circus melanoleucos
88. Crested Goshwak – Accipiter trivirgatus
89. Shikra – Accipiter badius
90. Besra – Accipiter virgatus
91. Black Kite – Milvus migrans
92. Barn Owl – Tyto alba
93. Oriental Socps-Owl – Otus sunia
94. Asian Barred Owlet – Glaucidium cuculoides
95. Spotted Owlet – Athene brama
96. Spotted Wood-Owl – Strix seloputo
97. Brown Wood-Owl – Strix leptogrammica
98. Brown Boobook – Ninox scutulata
99. Orange-breasted Trogon – Harpactes oreskios
100. Eurasian Hoopoe – Upupa epops
101. Oriental Pied-Hornbill – Anthracoceros albirostris
102. Common Kingfisher – Alcedo atthis
103. White-throated Kingfisher – Halcyon smyrnensis
104. Black-capped Kingfisher – Halcyon pileata
105. Pied Kingfisher – Ceryle rudis
106. Blue-bearded Bee-eater – Nyctyornis athertoni
107. Asian Green Bee-eater – Merops orientalis
108. Blue-tailed Bee-eater – Merops philippinus
109. Chestnut-headed Bee-eater – Merops leschenaulti
110. Indochinese Roller – Coracias affinis
111. Dollar Bird – Eurystomus orientalis
112. Coppersmith Barbet – Psilopogon cyanotis
113. Blue-eared Barbet – Psilopogon cyanotis
114. Red-vented Barbet – Psilopogon lagrandieri
115. Green-eared Barbet – Psilopogon faiostrictus
116. Lineated Barbet – Psilopogon lineatus
117. Indochinese Barbet – Psilopogon annamensis
118. Heart-spotted Woodpecker – Hemicirucus canente
119. Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker – Yungipicus canicapillus
120. Yellow-crowned Woodpecker – Leiopicus mahrattensis
121. Rufous-bellied Woodpecker – Dendrocopos analis
122. Freckle-breasted Woodpecker – Dendrocopos analis
123. Greater Flameback – Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus
124. Rufous Woodpecker – Micropternus brachyurus
125. Pale-headed Woodpecker – Gecinulus grantia
126. Common Flameback – Dinopium javanense
127. Black-headed Woodpecker – Picus erythropyguius
128. Greater Yellownape – Chrysophlegma flavinucha
129. Great Slaty Woodpecker – Mulleripicus pulverulentus
130. White-bellied Woodpecker – Dryocopus javenisis
131. Collared Falconet – Microhierax caerulescens
132. Alexandrine Parakeet – Psittacula eupatria
133. Blossom-headed Parakeet – Psittacula roseata
134. Red-breasted Parakeet – Psittacula alexandri
135. Vernal Hanging-Parrot – Loriculus vernalis
136. Banded Broadbill – Eurylaimus javanicus
137. Golden-bellied Gerygone – Gerygone sulphurea
138. Small Minivet – Pericrocotus cinnamomeus
139. Scarlet Minivet – Pericrocotus speciosus
140. Ashy Minivet – Pericrocotus divaricatus
141. Brown-rumped Minivet – Percrocotus cantonensis
142. Large Cuckooshrike – Coracina macei
143. White-bellied Erponis – Erpornis zantholeuca
144. Black-naped Oriole – Oriolus chinensis
145. Black-hooded Oriole – Oriolus xanthornus
146. Maroon Oriole – oriolus traillii
147. Ashy Woodswallow – Artamus fuscus
148. Large Woodshrike – Tephrodornis virgatus
149. Common Woodshrike – Tephrodornis pondicerianus
150. Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike – Hemipus picatus
151. Common Iora – Aegithina tiphia
152. Malaysian Pied-Fantail – Rhipidura javanica
153. White-throated Fantail – Rhipidura albicollis
154. White-browed Fantail – Rhipidura aureola
155. Black Drongo – Dicrurus macrocercus
156. Ashy Drongo – Dicrurus leucophaeus
157. Bronzed Drongo – Dicrurus aeneus
158. Hair-crested Drongo – Dicrurus hottentottus
159. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo – Dicrurs paradiseus
160. Black-naped Monarch – Hypothymis azurea
161. Brown Shrike – Lanius cristatus
162. Burmese Shrike – Lanius collurioides
163. Red-billed Blue-Magpie – Urocissa erythroryncha
164. Rufous Treepie – Dendrocitta vagabunda
165. Racket-tailed Treepie – Crypsirina temia
166. Large-billed Crow – Corvus macrorhynchos
167. Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher – Culicicapa ceylonensis
168. Singing Bushlark – Mirafra javainica
169. Indochinese Bushlark – Mirafra erythrocephala
170. Oriental Skylark – Alauda gulgula
171. Common Tailorbird – Orthotomus sutorius
172. Dark-necked Tailorbird – Orthotomus atrogularis
173. Cambodian Tailorbird – Orthotomus chaktomuk
174. Brown Prinia – Prinia polychroa
175. Rufescent Prinia – Prinia rufescens
176. Yellow-bellied Prinia – Prinia flaviventris
177. Plain Prinia – Prinia inornate
178. Zitting Cisticola – Cisticola juncidis
179. Black-browed Reed Warbler – Acrocephalus bistrigiceps
180. Oriental Reed Warbler – Acrocephalus orientalis
181. Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler – Helpsaltes certhiola
182. Lanceolated Warbler – Locustella lanceolata
183. Striated Grassbird – Megalurus palustris
184. Grey-throated Martin – Riparia chinensis
185. Bank Swallow – Riparia riparia
186. Barn Swallow – Hirundo rustica
187. Red-rumped Swallow – Cecropis daurica
188. Striated Swallow – Cecropis striolata
189. Ochraceous Bulbul – Alophoixus ochraceus
190. Grey-eyed Bulbul – Iole propinqua
191. Ashy Bulbul – Hemixos flavala
192. Black Bulbul – Hypsipetes leucocephalus
193. Black-headed Bulbul – Microtarsus melanocephalos
194. Black-crested Bulbul – Rubigula flaviventris
195. Streak-eared Bulbul – Pycnonotus conradi
196. Stripe-throated Bulbul – Pycnonotus finlaysoni
197. Red-whiskered Bulbul – Pycnonotus jocosus
198. Yellow-vented Bulbul – Pycnonotus goiavier
199. Sooty-headed Bulbul – Pycnonotus qurigaster
200. Yellow-browed Warbler – Phylloscopus inornatus
201. Dusky Warbler – Phylloscopus fuscatus
202. Two-barred Warbler – Phylloscopus tenellipes
203. Pale-legged Leaf Warbler – Phylloscopus tenellipes
204. Black-throated Tit – Aegithalos concinnus
205. Indian White-eye – Zosterops palpebrosus
206. Chestnut-capped babbler – Timalia pileata
207. Grey-faced Tit-Babbler – Mixornis kelleyi
208. Pin-striped Tit-Babbler – Mixornis gularis
209. Scaly-crowned Babbler – Malacopteron cinereum
210. Puff-throated Babbler – Pellorneum ruficeps
211. Black-browed Fulvetta – Alcippe grotei
212. Blue-winged MInla – Actinodura cyanouroptera orientalis
213. White-crested Laughingthrush – Garrulax leucolophus
214. Velvet-fronted Nuthatch – Sitta frontalis
215. Burmese Nuthatch – Sitta neglecta
216. Golden-crested Myna – Ampeliceps coronatus
217. Common Hill Myna – Gracula religiosa
218. Black-collared Starling – Gracupica ngricollis
219. White-shouldered Starling – Sturnia sinensis
220. Chestnut-tailed Starling – sturnia malabarica
221. Common Myna – Acridotheres tristis
222. Great Myna – Acridotheres grandis
223. Vinous-breasted Myna – Acridotheres leucocephalus
224. Asian Brown Flycatcher – Muscicapa dauurica
225. Oriental Magpie-Robin – Copsychus saularis
226. White-rumped Shama – Copsychus malabricus
227. Hainan Blue Flycatcher – Cyornis hainanus
228. Indochinese Blue Flycatcher – Cyornis sumatrensis
229. Siberian Blue Robin – Larvivora cyane
230. Bluethroat – Luscinia svecica
231. Siberian Rubythroat – Calliope calliope
232. Taiga Flycatcher – Ficedula albicilla
233. White-throated Rock-Thrush – Monticola gularis
234. Blue Rock-Thrush – Monticola solitarius
235. Amur Stonechat – Saxicola stejnegeri
236. Pied Bushchat – Saxicola caprata
237. Plain Flowerpecker – Dicaeum minullum
238. Fire-breasted Flowerpecker – Dicaeum ignipectus
239. Ruby-cheeked Sunbird – Chalcoparia singalensis
240. Brown-throated Sunbird – Anthreptes malcensis
241. Van Hasselt’s Sunbird – Leptocoma brasiliana
242. Purple Sunbird – Cinnyris asiaticus
243. Ornate Sunbird – Cinnyris ornatus
244. Black-throated Sunbird – Aethopyga saturata
245. Crimson Sunbird – Aethopyga siparaja
246. Little Spiderhunter – Arachnothera longirostra
247. Streaked Spiderhunter – Arachnothera magna
248. Asian Fairy-bluebird – Irena puella
249. Blue-winged Leafbird – Chloropsis moluccensis
250. Golden-fronted Leafbird – Chloropsis aurifrons
251. Asian Golden Weaver – Ploceus hypoxanthus
252. Scaly-breasted Munia – Lonchura punctulata
253. White-rumped Munia – Lonchura striata
254. Red Avadavat – Amandava amandava
255. House Sparrow – Passer domesticus
256. Plain-backed Sparrow – Passer flaveolus
257. Eurasian Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
258. Forest Wagtail – Dendronanthus indicus
259. Grey Wagtail – Motacilla cinerea
260. Mekong Wagtail – Motacilla samveasnae
261. White Wagtail – Motacilla alba
262. Paddyfield Pipit – Anthus rufulus
263. Red-throated Pipit – Anthus cervinus

Mammal List

Total No. of Mammal Species: 17

1. Janvan Mongoose –  Herpestes javanicus
2. Asian Buffalo – Bubalus bubalis
3. Irrawaddy Dophin – Orcaella brevirostris
4. Long-tailed Macaque – Macaca fascicularis
5. Northern Pig-tailed Macaque – Macaca leonine
6. Black-shanked Douc – Pygathrix nigripes
7. Pileated Gibbon – Hylobates pileatus
8. Southern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon – Nomascus gabrillae
9. Pallas’s Squirrel – Callosciurus erythraeus
10. Indochinese Ground Squirrel – Menetes berdmorei
11. Black Giant Squirrel – Ratufa bicolor
12. Cambodian Striped Squirrel – Tamiops rodolphii
13. Brown Rat – Rattus norvegicus
14. Variable Squirrel – Callosciurus finlaysonii
15. Black-bearded Tomb Bat – Taphozous melanopogon
16. Northern Treeshrew – Tupaia belangeri
17. Large Fruit Bat – Pteropus vampyrus

Other Wildlife List

Total no. of other wildlife species: 4

1. Asian Vine Snake – Ahaetulla prasina
2. Manny Striped skink – Eutropis multifasciata
3. Mekong Snail-eating Turtle – Malayemys subtrijuga
4. Leopad Lacewing – Cethosia cyane