Ang Trapaeng Thmor (ATT) reserve is a 12,650-hectare protected area and one of the most important non-breeding feeding areas in Cambodia with over 200 bird species. Located about 100km from Siem Reap town, birders should be sure not to miss this unique wetlands ecosystem visited by magnificent rare bird species (including the famous Sarus Crane). Read through our guides selection of the Top 10 birds around Ang Trapeang Thmor!

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1. Sarus Crane

Sarus Crane- Ang Trapaeng Thmor -Mardy Sean 2020

Scientific Name: Grus antigone

IUCN Classification: Vulnerable

Interesting Fact: The Sarus Crane the tallest flying bird in the world. It typically wades in shallow wetlands or in cropped agricultural areas. Sarus Crane breed in the Northern Plain of Cambodia and fly back to the feeding ground in the dry season, mainly from December to May.

2. Spotted Wood-Owl

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Scientific Name: Strix seloputo

IUCN Classification: Least Concern

Interesting Fact: The Spotted Wood Owl is a richly coloured medium-sized owl with a large rounded head, no ear-tufts and dark eyes, with an orange face and big inky-black eyes.

3. African Comb Duck

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Scientific Name: Sarkidiornis melanotos

IUCN Classification: Least Concern

Interesting Fact: A large bicoloured waterbird. Both sexes are iridescent purplish-green above with a white breast. They stay with a big flock.

4. Greater Spotted Eagle

Brown Shrike @ SVC Mony Sang - Ang Trapaeng Thmor -

Scientific Name: Clanga clanga

IUCN Classification: Vulnerable

Interesting Fact: An annual winter visitor to the reservior of Ang Trapaeng Thmor. Adults are large and quite uniform dark brown eagles with very broad wings and short tails. Often found perched on the tree in the open grassland.

5. Painted Stork

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Scientific Name: Mycteria leucocephala

IUCN Classification: Near Threatened

Interesting Fact: This is a large stork with a long yellow bill that curves down towards the tip. The adults are distinct for its white with black striped markings on the wings and bright pink colors on tertials. Also note the bright orange face, pinkish legs, and speckled band across the chest. They feed in a large flock.

6. Pheasant-tailed Jacana

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Scientific Name: Hydrophasianus chirurgus

IUCN Classification: Least Concern

Interesting Fact: A striking waterbird found on lakes and ponds with extensive floating vegetation. Long-tailed breeding adults stand out for the large white wing patch and head as well as their bright yellow patched neck.

7. Bronze-winged Jacana

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Scientific Name: Metopidius indicus

IUCN Classification: Least Concern

Interesting Fact: Nicked named the ‘Jesus Bird’, as they can walk on the water due to the big and long toes.

8. Grey-headed Swamphen

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Scientific Name: Porphyrio poliocephalus

IUCN Classification: Least Concern

Interesting Fact: This gallinule stands out for its size and bluish-purple body and their red bill, forehead shield and legs. They like to stay in a big flock at Ang Trapeang Thmor in side the marsh with taller grass and sometimes making a very dinstinct call.

9. White-browed Crake

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Scientific Name: Amaurornis cinerea

IUCN Classification: Least Concern

Interesting Fact: An inhabitant of densely vegetated wetlands mostly found over floating plants, especially inside lotus vegetation.

10. Cotton Pygmy Goose

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Scientific Name: Nettapus coromandelianus

IUCN Classification: Least Concern

Interesting Fact: This tiny duck species is usually seen in the flock feeding in the lake. The male has a bright white head and neck with a dark crown and eyes while the female is more plain. When in flight, the females have thins white edges on their wings while the males have thicker slashes on their wings. They are usually found in freshwater wetlands with extensive floating vegetation.