Giant Ibis Birding Tour Report covers a 3-day Cambodia birding tour in December 2023 with Sam Veasna Conservation Tours (SVC). 

Dates:
 8th to 10th December 2023

Report Written By: Ladong Nan, SVC Bird Guide

Locations:  Tmat BoeyBengal Florican Grasslands, Preah Vihear Temple

Total No. of Bird Species: 130

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

Introduction

This is a 3-day birding trip to the Northern Plain a report organized by Sam Veasna Conservation Tours led by SVC guide Ladong Nan”. The tours started from Siem Reap. The birding hot spots in Cambodia were explored and those Sam Veasna Conservation Tours sites were: Bengal Florican Grassland (FG), Tmat Boey (TB), and Preah Vihear temple.

Bengal Florican Grassland is an inundated grassland area during the wet season and the site can be accessed in November or December according to the rainy season, we will look for Bengal Florican, Manchurian Reed Warbler, Black-browed Reed Warbler, Red Avadavat, Oriental Skylark, Eastern Marsh & Pied Harriers, and Sarus Crane. Tmat Boey is located in the Northern Plain of Cambodia, we will look for Giant Ibis, White-shouldered Ibis, Brown Fish Owl, Spotted Wood Owl, Collared Scops Owl, and Oriental Scops Owl. Preah Vihear Temple is an ancient Khmer Hindu temple that was built by the Khmer Empire and is on the top of a 525-meter cliff in the Dangrek Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province, Cambodia.

Highlights of the tour

1. Sarus Crane
2. Woolly-necked Stork
3. Manchurian Reed Warbler
4. Lesser adjutant
5. Giant Ibis
6. White-shouldered Ibis
7. White-rumped Falcon
8. Brown fish Owl
9. Oriental Scops Owl
10. Common Barn Owl
11. Spotted Owlet
12. Savanna Nightjar
13. Yellow-crowned Woodpecker
14. Streak-throated Woodpecker
15. Rufous-winged Buzzard
16. Crested serpent eagle
17. Indochinese Cuckooshrike
18. Small minivet
19. Scarlet minivet

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.

Tonle Sap Waterbirds and Floating Village Adventure

This 1-day, private tour to Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary is essential for all birders!

Prek Toal is globally important for eight species of bird; Spot-billed Pelican, Greater Adjutant, Lesser Adjutant, Milky Stork, Painted Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Oriental Darter and Grey-headed Fish-Eagle. Thousands of commoner waterbirds also breed here, and over 150 species have been recorded.

Trip Report


Day 1: Bengal Florican Grassland, Preah Vihear Temple and Tmat Boey Ecolodge

The morning we went to Bengal Florican Grassland at Proly in Kampong Thom Province. We left the hotel in Siem Reap early at 05:00 am by travelling off to the East straight to look for the Bengal Florican Site. We met our local guide at Proly Community near the birding spotted area. After doing hard work with our local guides for a few hours, we saw 4 Bengal Floricans (3 Male and 1 Female) and this time we had a good time seeing some other species of birds as well, such as the Pied Harrier, Eastern Marsh, Sarus Crane, Red Avadavat, Singing Bush Lark, Asian Green Bee-eater, Paddyfield Pipit, Indian Spot-billed Duck, Painted Stork, Plain-backed Sparrow, Spotted Owlet, Black-collared Starling, Manchurian Reed Warbler, Greater Coucal, Oriental Reed Warbler, Dusky Warbler other bird species. Then we moved to the next destination to Preah Vihear temple with a stop on the main road to Tmat Beoy to look at some new bird species and also for a lunch break. Then we got to Preah Vihear temple at about 2:00 PM.

Preah Vihear Temple is an ancient Khmer Hindu temple that was built (11th century AD) by the Khmer Empire and is on the top of a 525-metre cliff in the Dangrek Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province, Cambodia. We arrived at Preah Vihear temple at 2:20 PM, and visited the temple until 4:00 PM and moved down to Tmat Boey Eco-lodge. But before arriving at Eco-lodge we stopped to look at Oriental Scoped Owl near the main road. After looking at the Oriental Scops Owl and continues to Eco-lodge for dinner and overnight.

Indochinese Silver Langur

Exploring Preah Vihear Temple

Scaly-crowned Babbler

Meeting community at Tmat Boey

Day 2: Tmat Boey 

On the second day, we needed to wake up very early before sunrise, at 4:30 AM we left from Tmat Boey Eco-lodge by 4×4 car (4WD) packed our breakfast, and travelled to see: White-shouldered Ibis at the roosting tree, it took about 20 minutes far from Eco-lodge by 4×4 car (4WD) and we had a good walk in the forest to see Ibis about 15 minutes. when we arrive close to the roost tree of Ibis, we wait until nearly sunrise. We were lucky to hear vocals of White-shouldered Ibis from the roost tree and we saw 23 White-shouldered Ibis and one Woolly-necked Stork which is perching on the tree branch. After looking at the White-shouldered Ibis in the roosting tree of Ibis ready.

We started moving on to see Giant Ibis at the nest tree and some bird species that we nesting tree we saw many bird species such as Black-headed Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Large Cuckooshrike, Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Common Woodshrike, Scarlet Minivets, Small Minivets, Scarlet Minivet, Red-breasted Parakeet, Banded Bay Cuckoo, Burmese Shrike, Lineated Barbet, Lanceolated Warbler, Chestnut-capped Babbler and other more bird species. Then went back to Tmat Boey Eco-lodge for rest and food when it was hotter and started again when the temperature dropped down a bit.

At 2:30 PM we left from Tmat Beoy Eco-lodge again for birding in the afternoon at another location, the species of birds in the afternoon were found as well, such as Black-headed woodpecker, Common woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Great-salty Woodpecker, Savanna Nightjar, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Burmese Nuthatch, and other bird were find this day. Until dark went back to our eco-lodge overnight.

Indochinese Silver Langur

Wooly-necked Stork

Scaly-crowned Babbler

Black-headed Woodpecker

Day 3: Tmat Boey and Siem Reap

This is our last day of birding at Tmart Beoy, we only had a morning to go birding again to another location where we had not yet done bird watching. We started at 5:30 AM with a packed breakfast and travelled from the eco-lodge by 4×4 Car (4WD). It took about 20 minutes from Tmat Boey Eco-lodge. When we reach our location we start finding some bird species that we have not yet seen on this trip. In the morning we had a good walk in the forest again to see many birds such as Small Minivets, Lanceolated warblers, Indochinese Cuckooshrikes, Scarlet Minivets, Burmese Shrikes, White-rumped Falcon, Blossom-headed Parakeet, White-rumped Falcon, and other more bird’s species. In the afternoon go back to our eco-lodge for rest and food then leave from Tmat Boey to Siem Reap.

Birding and brunch at Tmat Boey

Common Kingfisher

Giant Ibis nest

Ladong Nan

Ladong Nan

SVC Bird Guide

Ladong has over 10 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: 130
E-bird Trip Report: https://ebird.org/tripreport/177623

 

1. Chinese Francolin Francolinus pintadeanus
2 Indian Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha
3 Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala
4 Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus
5 Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus
6 White-shouldered Ibis Pseudibis davisoni
7 Giant Ibis Pseudibis gigantea
8 Chinese Pond-heron Ardeola bacchus
9 Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus
10 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
11 Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
12 Great Egret Ardea alba
13 Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia
14 Little Egret Egretta garzetta
15 Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis
16 Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger
17 Indian Cormorant Phalacrocorax fuscicollis
18 White-rumped falcon Polihierax insignis
19 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
20 Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus
21 Crested Serpent-eagle Spilornis cheela
22 Eastern Marsh-harrier Circus spilonotus
23 Pied Harrier Circus melanoleucos
25 Shikra Accipiter badius
26 Rufous-winged Buzzard Butastur liventer
27 Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis
28 Sarus Crane Grus antigone
29 Barred Buttonquail Turnix suscitator
30 Pintail Snipe Gallinago stenura
31 Rock Dove Columba livia
32 Red Collared-dove Streptopelia tranquebarica
33 Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis
34 Zebra Dove Geopelia striata
35 Yellow-footed Green-pigeon Treron phoenicopterus
36 Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria
37 Blossom-headed Parakeet Psittacula roseata
38 Red-breasted Parakeet Psittacula alexandri
39 Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis
40 Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis
41 Oriental Scops Owl Otus sunia
42 Brown Fish Owl Ketupa zeylonensis
43 Asian Barred Owlet Glaucidium cuculoides
44 Savanna Nightjar Caprimulgus affinis
45 [Germain’s] Swiflet Aerodramus [germani]
46 Asian Palm-swift Cypsiurus balasiensis
47 Crested Treeswift Hemiprocne coronata
48 Indochiese Roller Coracias benghalensis
49 Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
50 Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis
51 Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus
52 Common Hoopoe Upupa epops
53 Lineated Barbet Megalaima lineata
54 Freckle-breasted woodpecker Dendrocopos analis
55 Grey-capped Pygmy-woodpecker Dendrocopos canicapillus
56 Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Dendrocopos mahrattensis
57 Black-headed Woodpecker Picus erythropygius
58 Common Flameback Dinopium javanense
59 Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes lucidus
60 Great Slaty Woodpecker Mulleripicus pulverulentus
61 Large Cuckooshrike Coracina macei
62 Indochinese Cuckooshrike Coracina polioptera
63 Black-winged Cuckooshrike Coracina melaschistos
64 Small Minivet Pericrocotus cinnamomeus
65 Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus speciosus
66 Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus
67 Large Woodshrike Tephrodornis gularis
68 Common Woodshrike Tephrodornis pondicerianus
69 Common Iora Aegithina tiphia
70 White-browed Fantail Rhipidura aureola
71 Pied Fantail Rhipidura javanica
72 Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus
73 Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus
74 Larg-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
75 Red-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa erythrorhyncha
76 Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda
77 Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus
78 Burmese Shrike Lanius collurioides
79 Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus
80 Olive-backed Sunbird Cinnyris jugularis
81 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker Dicaeum cruentatum
82 Red Avadavat Amandava amandava
83 Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata
84 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
85 Plain-backed Sparrow Passer flaveolus
86 Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
87 Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus
88 Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni
89 Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus
90 Burmese nuthatch Sitta neglecta
91 Velvet-fronted Nuthatch Sitta frontalis
92 Great Myna Acridotheres grandis
95 Common Myna Acridotheres tristis
96 Black-collared Starling Gracupica nigricollis
97 Amur Stonechat Saxicola maurus
98 Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata
100 Hainan Blue Flycatcher Cyornis hainanus
101 Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassinus
102 Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica
103 Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis
104 Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis
105 Horsfield’s Bushlark Mirafra javanica
106 Indochinese Bushlark Mirafra erythrocephala
107 Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula
108 Black-crested Bulbul Pycnonotus flaviventris
109 Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus goiavier
110 Streak-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus blanfordi
111 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
112 Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica
113 Pale-legged Leaf-warbler Phylloscopus tenellipes
114 Two-barred Warbler Phylloscopus plumbeitarsus
115 Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus
116 Radde’s Warbler Phylloscopus schwarzi
117 Pin-striped Tit-babbler Macronous gularis
118 White-crested Laughingthrush Garrulax leucolophus
119 Black-browed Reed-warbler Acrocephalus bistrigiceps
120 Oriental Reed-warbler Acrocephalus orientalis
121 Lanceolated Warbler Locustella lanceolata
122 Striated Grassbird Megalurus palustris
123 Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
124 Dark-necked Tailorbird Orthotomus atrogularis
125 Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius
126 Rufescent Prinia Prinia rufescens
127 Grey-breasted Prinia Prinia hodgsonii
128 Yellow-bellied Prinia Prinia flaviventris
129 Plain Prinia Prinia inornata
130 Brown Prinia Prinia polychroa