Siem Reap is home to one of the world’s most incredible archeological sites, but did you know that you can also find fascinating birds around the ancient temples? Here is our list of the top 10 birds around Angkor Wat.

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1. Forest Wagtail

Scientific Name: Dendronanthus indicus

ICUN Classification: Least Concern

Interesting Fact: This is a winter bird species which only occurs from Sep until May. They like to feed on insects and on the ground. Its tail wags from side to side (not up & down like others).

2. White-throated Rock-thrush

Scientific Name: Monticola solitarius

ICUN Classification: Least Concern

Interesting Fact: Just a short period of time that we will see this guy during its winter visits to Cambodia. They like to perch quietly and wait for their prey on the ground.

3. Hainan Blue Flycatcher

Hainan Blue Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Cyornis hainanus

ICUN Classification: Least Concern

Interesting Fact: This Blue flycatcher is a wintering bird in Cambodia and makes a lot of calls when they are on the spot.

4. Alexandrine Parakeet

Brown Shrike @ SVC Mony Sang

Scientific Name: Psittacula eupatria

ICUN Classification: Near Threatened

Interesting Fact: This resident Parakeet mainly occur in Taprohm Temple complex as they breed in this area together with other Parakeet species.

5. Red-breasted Parakeet

Brown Shrike @ SVC Mony Sang

Scientific Name: Psittacula alexandri

ICUN Classification: Near Threatened

Interesting Fact: They occur in the same spot with the Alexandrine Parakeet and can be seen in other parts of the complex too as they’re more active than the other.

6. Black Baza

Brown Shrike @ SVC Mony Sang

Scientific Name: Aviceda leuphotes

ICUN Classification: Least Concern

Interesting Fact: Some of them are resident and can be seen all year round in the Angkor complex.

7. Black-capped Kingfisher

Brown Shrike @ SVC Mony Sang

Scientific Name: Halcyon pileata

ICUN Classification: Least Concern

Interesting Fact:  This is a beautiful Kingfisher species that is often seen along the moat of the temple complex.

8. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

Brown Shrike @ SVC Mony Sang

Scientific Name: Dicrurus paradiseus

ICUN Classification: Least Concern

Interesting Fact: One of the most interesting looking birds around Angkor Wat! It has a long racket-tailed like with black body and very noisy sometimes when they are chasing birds of prey, Owls or other bird species.

9. Brown Boobook

Brown Boobook

Scientific Name: Ninox scutulata

ICUN Classification: Least Concern

Interesting Fact: It is a nocturnal bird and such a beautiful owl species that can be found in the day on a roosting tree. Sometimes we might see a few of them roost together.

10. Asian Barred Owlet

Brown Shrike @ SVC Mony Sang

Scientific Name: Glaucidium cuculoides

ICUN Classification: Least Concern

Interesting Fact: This is very common species but sometimes just a bit difficult to see as they perch quietly in the dense vegetation spot.