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The legendary edifice of Angkor Wat. Its scale and the attention to detail that went into it make it are unparalleled in the history of human construction and craftsmanship. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
We met in the ancient city of Siem Reap eager to explore the country at the heart of Southeast Asia. We started off adjacent to the legendary Angkor temple complex. Tonlé Sap, the region’s largest and most ecologically important lake, lay to our south, and a vast dry forest unfurled to our east, awaiting the company of our binoculars. From our comfortable base of 6 nights in Siem Reap we struck out for day trips to the ancient and unparalleled Angkor Wat, Ang Trapeang Thma Reservoir (the massive irrigation project built by the Khmer Rouge, known in short as ATT), and the aforementioned Tonlé Sap and its fantastic Prek Toal Biosphere reserve. We then traveled east, through the Prolay Grasslands and into the dry dipterocarp forest that covers much of the country’s north. We had plenty of time in this extremely birdy dry forest, with three nights at Tmatboey and a night at the special vulture restaurant at Baeng Toal. After our wonderful time in the dry country, the Mekong River and borderlands to the East had a lot to live up to, and they did that and then some, starting with our birding in the Kratie area and the associated boat trip on the Mekong River. We then got to spend time birding an area along the Cambodia/Vietnam border, including the Seima Forest, and the very western edge of Vietnam’s Langbian Plateau, where it just barely spills over the border into Cambodia. After our fascinating and exciting time around the border, we hoofed it down to Phnom Penh, leaving enough time for an excellent experience with one of the country’s endemics, the Cambodian Tailorbird.
The highlights were many, and these bright spots ran the gamut from critically endangered waterbirds, to a first national record of a songbird. The globally rarest birds of the trip were Giant Ibis (at a nest with a young one!), White-shouldered Ibis (including a couple along the Mekong River, away from their typical habitat), and Bengal Florican, all of which are listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN.
As for other threatened birds, we saw three different Milky Storks, which was great given that fewer than 60 pairs of this worldwide vulnerable species nest in the country. One was even away from the species’ stronghold of Tonlé Sap, which is highly unusual. Our boat trip through the largest lake in the region and into the vast and vibrant Prek Toal sanctuary was headlined by plenty of Lesser Adjutants, and Oriental Darters, a distant shimmering Greater Adjutant, three species of small bittern, and an incredible experience at the breeding colony which included thousands of Asian Openbills and hundreds of Spot-billed Pelicans and Painted Storks.
Between the truly mind-boggling temples at Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm (neither of which have an equal on this Earth), we netted Forest Wagtail, White-throated Rock-Thrush, and Alexandrine Parakeet, though the temples themselves stood truly alone as highlights- the process it took to complete them must have been nearly unimaginable in scale and manpower.
As our time around Siem Reap wound down, the environs of the Khmer Rouge-built reservoir at ATT also held some very fancy birds, most notably a large (64+ individuals) flock of the Asian subspecies of Sarus Crane, Spotted Wood-Owl, Greater Spotted Eagle, and Knob-billed Duck.
The middle of the tour saw a change of scenery, to the iconic dry dipterocarp forests of the north, where we would be looking for a community of birds not found anywhere in the world outside these unique dry forests of Southeast Asia. Our experience with the world’s largest woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, was certainly not to be forgotten, even though it was during our walk to pay a visit the mega-highlight Giant Ibis nest. In addition to Giant Ibis, this was where we had our first (and typically only!) encounters with White-shouldered Ibis, and also finally tracked down White-rumped Falcon, a great diversity of woodpeckers, and four species of owl. Our lovely morning along the riparian corridor near Tmatboey produced Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Orange-bellied Trogon, Van Hasselt’s Sunbird, and a good diversity of other species not necessarily associated with dry forests. Our final night in the dipterocarp, at the Vulture restaurant at Baeng Toal, allowed us to have a spectacular experience with a melee of roughly 30 vultures of three species, Slender-billed, White-rumped, and Red-headed, all of them Critically Endangered.
After we said our goodbyes to this wonderful habitat (even seeing a bonus Brown Fish-Owl shortly before our departure), we saddled up and headed to Kratie, with an evening visit to the nearby rice paddies upon arrival. The next morning, encounters with Mekong Wagtail and Small Pratincole, and a fun interaction with Irrawaddy Dolphins were the highlights of our mariner’s experience on the Mekong River.
Seima provided a taste of birds with a bit more of a tropical flavor; our several experiences with the phenomenal Great Hornbill will be imprinted in our memories for a long time. Dusky Broadbill, Black Eagle, Golden-crested Myna, Black Baza, and the bizarrely no-tailed Heart-spotted Woodpecker were some of the avian highlights, to go along with the endangered Black-shanked Douc Langur, a monkey which is endemic to this region, with the bulk of the population being in the Cambodia/Vietnam border region.
We did really well on our expected target birds, and also had a few unexpected sightings. Dalat Shrike-Babbler, the first documented and identified record for Cambodia, was our least expected bird (though it is known to occur not too far over the border in Vietnam, to which it is often considered an endemic), but Red-necked Phalarope in a Kratie rice paddy, far from the sea coast, was perhaps more out of place on a regional level.
This year’s trip was a great success, and it was a privilege to travel with you all through this fantastically unique section of Southeast Asia. Until next time, be well, and see you somewhere on this bird-laden globe of ours!
KEYS FOR THIS LIST
One of the following keys may be shown in brackets for individual species as appropriate: * = heard only, I = introduced, E = endemic, N = nesting, a = austral migrant, b = boreal migrant
This video takes you with us on our journey through Cambodia, from the largest lake in Southeast Asia, teeming with waterbirds, through the dry forests of the north with some very special and endangered birds, and all the way to the Vietnamese border in the East. Enjoy this bird-rich reminiscence. Video by guide Doug Gochfeld.
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
LESSER WHISTLING-DUCK (Dendrocygna javanica)
KNOB-BILLED DUCK (Sarkidiornis melanotos)
COTTON PYGMY-GOOSE (Nettapus coromandelianus)
INDIAN SPOT-BILLED DUCK (Anas poecilorhyncha haringtoni)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
SCALY-BREASTED PARTRIDGE (GREEN-LEGGED) (Arborophila chloropus olivacea)
BLUE-BREASTED QUAIL (Synoicus chinensis)
We had great experiences with the shy "Green-legged" subspecies of Scaly-breasted Partridge north of Siem Reap. Photo by participant Kathleen John.
CHINESE FRANCOLIN (Francolinus pintadeanus)
RED JUNGLEFOWL (Gallus gallus gallus)
LITTLE GREBE (LITTLE) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia) [I]
RED COLLARED-DOVE (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
SPOTTED DOVE (Streptopelia chinensis)
BARRED CUCKOO-DOVE (Macropygia unchall)
ASIAN EMERALD DOVE (Chalcophaps indica)
ZEBRA DOVE (Geopelia striata)
Pin-tailed Green-Pigeons put on a great show in the Seima area near Vietnam. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
THICK-BILLED GREEN-PIGEON (Treron curvirostra)
YELLOW-FOOTED GREEN-PIGEON (Treron phoenicopterus)
PIN-TAILED GREEN-PIGEON (Treron apicauda)
GREEN IMPERIAL-PIGEON (Ducula aenea)
MOUNTAIN IMPERIAL-PIGEON (Ducula badia)
BENGAL FLORICAN (Houbaropsis bengalensis)
We had a nice experience with Bengal Floricans at the Prolay Grasslands, including several females and a single male (above) with its slick black body and bright white flight feathers. Photos by guide Doug Gochfeld.
GREATER COUCAL (Centropus sinensis)
LESSER COUCAL (Centropus bengalensis)
GREEN-BILLED MALKOHA (Phaenicophaeus tristis)
ASIAN KOEL (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
VIOLET CUCKOO (Chrysococcyx xanthorhynchus)
BANDED BAY CUCKOO (Cacomantis sonneratii)
PLAINTIVE CUCKOO (Cacomantis merulinus)
LARGE HAWK-CUCKOO (Hierococcyx sparverioides)
INDIAN CUCKOO (Cuculus micropterus) [*]
The view of the waterbird colony at Prek Toal was breathtaking in the truest sense of the word. Seeing the birds stretch all the way to the horizon was a spiritual experience. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
LARGE-TAILED NIGHTJAR (Caprimulgus macrurus bimaculatus) [*]
SAVANNA NIGHTJAR (Caprimulgus affinis monticolus)
SILVER-BACKED NEEDLETAIL (Hirundapus cochinchinensis)
HIMALAYAN SWIFTLET (Aerodramus brevirostris)
GERMAIN'S SWIFTLET (Aerodramus germani)
HOUSE SWIFT (Apus nipalensis)
ASIAN PALM-SWIFT (Cypsiurus balasiensis)
We got our fill of ethereal sunrises in the dry dipterocarp forests of the north, where being out before the heat of the day catches up to you is a necessity. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
CRESTED TREESWIFT (Hemiprocne coronata)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
EURASIAN COOT (Fulica atra)
GRAY-HEADED SWAMPHEN (Porphyrio poliocephalus viridis)
WATERCOCK (Gallicrex cinerea)
WHITE-BREASTED WATERHEN (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
RUDDY-BREASTED CRAKE (Zapornia fusca)
SARUS CRANE (Antigone antigone sharpii)
Asian Openbill certainly has an odd name, until you see it in action. What a bizarre stork! Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
BLACK-WINGED STILT (Himantopus himantopus)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
RED-WATTLED LAPWING (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis)
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (DUBIUS/JERDONI) (Charadrius dubius jerdoni)
PHEASANT-TAILED JACANA (Hydrophasianus chirurgus)
BRONZE-WINGED JACANA (Metopidius indicus)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
TEMMINCK'S STINT (Calidris temminckii)
COMMON SNIPE (Gallinago gallinago)
PIN-TAILED SNIPE (Gallinago stenura)
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (Phalaropus lobatus)
This Red-necked Phalarope was a shocking vagrant in the rice paddies near Kratie on our evening of birding there. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
COMMON SANDPIPER (Actitis hypoleucos)
SPOTTED REDSHANK (Tringa erythropus)
COMMON GREENSHANK (Tringa nebularia)
MARSH SANDPIPER (Tringa stagnatilis)
WOOD SANDPIPER (Tringa glareola)
Glareolidae (Pratincoles and Coursers)
ORIENTAL PRATINCOLE (Glareola maldivarum)
SMALL PRATINCOLE (Glareola lactea)
Painted Storks don't need many words. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
WHISKERED TERN (Chlidonias hybrida)
ASIAN OPENBILL (Anastomus oscitans)
WOOLLY-NECKED STORK (ASIAN) (Ciconia episcopus episcopus)
LESSER ADJUTANT (Leptoptilos javanicus)
GREATER ADJUTANT (Leptoptilos dubius)
MILKY STORK (Mycteria cinerea)
PAINTED STORK (Mycteria leucocephala)
ORIENTAL DARTER (Anhinga melanogaster)
The deities in an eternal tug-of-war with the stone demons on the causeway over the moat at the the East Gate of Angkor Thom (also called Victory Gate). Some of this stonework is exceptionally old, though the clean sandstone heads are restoration work crafted more recently by stone masons from Angkor Artisans. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
LITTLE CORMORANT (Microcarbo niger)
GREAT CORMORANT (EURASIAN) (Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis)
INDIAN CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax fuscicollis)
SPOT-BILLED PELICAN (Pelecanus philippensis)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
YELLOW BITTERN (Ixobrychus sinensis)
CINNAMON BITTERN (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus)
Lesser Adjutants are massive storks, and we saw around two dozen during our visit to Prek Toal. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
BLACK BITTERN (Ixobrychus flavicollis)
GRAY HERON (Ardea cinerea)
PURPLE HERON (Ardea purpurea)
GREAT EGRET (EURASIAN) (Ardea alba alba)
INTERMEDIATE EGRET (INTERMEDIATE) (Ardea intermedia intermedia)
LITTLE EGRET (WESTERN) (Egretta garzetta garzetta)
CATTLE EGRET (EASTERN) (Bubulcus ibis coromandus)
CHINESE POND-HERON (Ardeola bacchus)
STRIATED HERON (Butorides striata)
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (EURASIAN) (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax)
Cambodian Tailorbird is one of the most fascinating recent species discoveries in modern ornithology. Rather than a species split or an inhabitant of a remote, difficult-to-access location, this new bird to science was discovered living in dry scrub habitat in the shadow of Cambodia's capital city of 1.5 million people in 2009. We had a great experience with several of these in close comparisons with the much more widespread Dark-necked Tailorbird. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
GLOSSY IBIS (Plegadis falcinellus)
BLACK-HEADED IBIS (Threskiornis melanocephalus)
WHITE-SHOULDERED IBIS (Pseudibis davisoni)
GIANT IBIS (Pseudibis gigantea)
OSPREY (Pandion haliaetus)
It was encouraging to see an almost fully grown Giant Ibis chick during our visit to their nest near Tmatboey. This critically endangered species has one of the smallest populations of any bird species on the planet, so seeing an emerging new generation was fantastic. Photo by participant Kathleen John.
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
BLACK-WINGED KITE (Elanus caeruleus)
ORIENTAL HONEY-BUZZARD (Pernis ptilorhynchus)
BLACK BAZA (Aviceda leuphotes)
RED-HEADED VULTURE (Sarcogyps calvus)
WHITE-RUMPED VULTURE (Gyps bengalensis)
SLENDER-BILLED VULTURE (Gyps tenuirostris)
CRESTED SERPENT-EAGLE (Spilornis cheela)
The blue of a Verditer Flycatcher is something to behold, and perhaps closest in nature to the blue coat sported by our male Mountain Bluebirds. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
BLACK EAGLE (Ictinaetus malaiensis)
INDIAN SPOTTED EAGLE (Clanga hastata)
GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE (Clanga clanga)
RUFOUS-WINGED BUZZARD (Butastur liventer)
GRAY-FACED BUZZARD (Butastur indicus)
EASTERN MARSH-HARRIER (Circus spilonotus)
PIED HARRIER (Circus melanoleucos)
CRESTED GOSHAWK (Accipiter trivirgatus)
Here the group looks at an impressive flock of 64 Sarus Cranes at the grasslands near Ang Trapeang Thma Reservoir. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
SHIKRA (Accipiter badius)
BLACK KITE (Milvus migrans)
BRAHMINY KITE (Haliastur indus)
GRAY-HEADED FISH-EAGLE (Haliaeetus ichthyaetus)
BARN OWL (EASTERN) (Tyto alba stertens)
The conservation of the remnant population of vultures in Southeast Asia has been largely driven by community based efforts by various NGOs, and they have made possible scenes like this absolute spectacle we were able to witness at Baeng Toal. There is certainly a bit of gore, so if you're not into scavengers doing what they do best (or if you're in the middle of a meal), you might want to leave this video until later. Otherwise, dig in! Video by guide Doug Gochfeld.
COLLARED SCOPS-OWL (Otus lettia lettia)
ORIENTAL SCOPS-OWL (Otus sunia)
BROWN FISH-OWL (Ketupa zeylonensis)
COLLARED OWLET (COLLARED) (Glaucidium brodiei brodiei) [*]
ASIAN BARRED OWLET (Glaucidium cuculoides)
SPOTTED OWLET (Athene brama)
SPOTTED WOOD-OWL (Strix seloputo seloputo)
BROWN WOOD-OWL (BROWN) (Strix leptogrammica laotiana)
BROWN BOOBOOK (Ninox scutulata burmanica)
This pair of Chestnut-headed Bee-Eaters were loving the morning sun along the Mekong River near Kratie, making a killing on nearby flies or bees. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
ORANGE-BREASTED TROGON (Harpactes oreskios)
EURASIAN HOOPOE (Upupa epops)
GREAT HORNBILL (Buceros bicornis)
ORIENTAL PIED-HORNBILL (Anthracoceros albirostris)
Forest Wagtail is one of the specialties of the habitat around Angkor Wat, and we had nice views of a bird perching up on the overgrown ruins of the entrance wall as soon as we crossed the moat. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
COMMON KINGFISHER (COMMON) (Alcedo atthis taprobana)
STORK-BILLED KINGFISHER (Pelargopsis capensis)
WHITE-THROATED KINGFISHER (Halcyon smyrnensis perpulchra)
BLACK-CAPPED KINGFISHER (Halcyon pileata)
PIED KINGFISHER (Ceryle rudis leucomelanurus)
BLUE-BEARDED BEE-EATER (Nyctyornis athertoni athertoni)
GREEN BEE-EATER (RUSSET-CROWNED) (Merops orientalis ferrugeiceps)
BLUE-TAILED BEE-EATER (Merops philippinus)
CHESTNUT-HEADED BEE-EATER (Merops leschenaulti leschenaulti)
Collared Falconet was a great pickup along the side of the road as we drove towards Tmatboey. To give a sense of just how much falconets deserve the diminutive suffix, take a look at the size of its feet in comparison to a typical high tension power line. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
INDOCHINESE ROLLER (Coracias affinis)
Megalaimidae (Asian Barbets)
COPPERSMITH BARBET (Psilopogon haemacephalus)
BLUE-EARED BARBET (Psilopogon duvaucelii)
RED-VENTED BARBET (Psilopogon lagrandieri)
GREEN-EARED BARBET (Psilopogon faiostrictus)
LINEATED BARBET (Psilopogon lineatus)
INDOCHINESE BARBET (Psilopogon annamensis)
On a tour full of excellent woodpeckers, the completely adorable Heart-spotted Woodpecker was certainly one of the highlights. It barely even has a tail! Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
SPECKLED PICULET (Picumnus innominatus)
HEART-SPOTTED WOODPECKER (Hemicircus canente)
GRAY-CAPPED WOODPECKER (Yungipicus canicapillus)
YELLOW-CROWNED WOODPECKER (Leiopicus mahrattensis)
RUFOUS-BELLIED WOODPECKER (Dendrocopos hyperythrus)
FRECKLE-BREASTED WOODPECKER (Dendrocopos analis)
BAY WOODPECKER (Blythipicus pyrrhotis)
The epicenter of the Southeast Asian population of Spot-billed Pelicans is at Tonlé Sap, and we certainly had a great time with them during our boat ride through Prek Toal. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
GREATER FLAMEBACK (GREATER) (Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus guttacristatus)
RUFOUS WOODPECKER (Micropternus brachyurus)
COMMON FLAMEBACK (Dinopium javanense)
LACED WOODPECKER (Picus vittatus)
BLACK-HEADED WOODPECKER (Picus erythropygius)
GREATER YELLOWNAPE (Chrysophlegma flavinucha)
GREAT SLATY WOODPECKER (Mulleripicus pulverulentus)
This Gray-headed Fish-Eagle put in an appearance and flushed up all the waterbirds in the vicinity as it flew over. Photo by participant Kathleen John.
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
WHITE-RUMPED FALCON (Polihierax insignis)
COLLARED FALCONET (Microhierax caerulescens)
Psittaculidae (Old World Parrots)
ALEXANDRINE PARAKEET (Psittacula eupatria)
GRAY-HEADED PARAKEET (Psittacula finschii)
BLOSSOM-HEADED PARAKEET (Psittacula roseata)
RED-BREASTED PARAKEET (Psittacula alexandri)
VERNAL HANGING-PARROT (Loriculus vernalis)
Broadbills are a great family of birds, unique to South and Southeast Asia, and we got a great experience with a couple of Dusky Broadbills on our first whirlwind evening at Seima. Look at that broad bill indeed! Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
Eurylaimidae (Asian and Grauer's Broadbills)
DUSKY BROADBILL (Corydon sumatranus laoensis)
Acanthizidae (Thornbills and Allies)
GOLDEN-BELLIED GERYGONE (Gerygone sulphurea) [*]
SMALL MINIVET (Pericrocotus cinnamomeus)
SCARLET MINIVET (Pericrocotus speciosus)
ASHY MINIVET (Pericrocotus divaricatus)
BROWN-RUMPED MINIVET (Pericrocotus cantonensis)
LARGE CUCKOOSHRIKE (Coracina macei)
BLACK-WINGED CUCKOOSHRIKE (Lalage melaschistos)
Lyle's Flying-Fox were in full view at their typical roosting site in Siem Reap. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
INDOCHINESE CUCKOOSHRIKE (Lalage polioptera)
Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)
DALAT SHRIKE-BABBLER (Pteruthius annamensis)
CLICKING SHRIKE-BABBLER (CLICKING) (Pteruthius intermedius intermedius)
WHITE-BELLIED ERPORNIS (Erpornis zantholeuca)
Oriolidae (Old World Orioles)
BLACK-NAPED ORIOLE (Oriolus chinensis)
Black Eagle put on a good show in a couple of places around Seima, including this one which glided around in a valley near eye level as we drove by. Photo by participant Kathleen John.
BLACK-HOODED ORIOLE (Oriolus xanthornus)
Artamidae (Woodswallows, Bellmagpies, and Allies)
ASHY WOODSWALLOW (Artamus fuscus)
Vangidae (Vangas, Helmetshrikes, and Allies)
LARGE WOODSHRIKE (Tephrodornis virgatus)
COMMON WOODSHRIKE (Tephrodornis pondicerianus)
BAR-WINGED FLYCATCHER-SHRIKE (Hemipus picatus)
COMMON IORA (Aegithina tiphia)
GREAT IORA (Aegithina lafresnayei)
Mekong Wagtail was another recently described species, attaining species status in 2001, and named after the groundbreaking Cambodian ornithologist Sam Veasna. It is endemic to large riverine systems in the region, and after some nailbiting we finally connected with a couple of birds, including this singing male photographed by participant Kathleen John.
MALAYSIAN PIED-FANTAIL (Rhipidura javanica)
The group at Ta Prohm temple, also known as the Tree Temple, and more recently by locals as "Tomb Raider Temple", since Angelina Jolie filmed a scene in this evocative setting. The temple was lost to civilization for hundreds of years, and in that time it was largely reclaimed by nature.
WHITE-THROATED FANTAIL (Rhipidura albicollis)
WHITE-BROWED FANTAIL (Rhipidura aureola)
BLACK DRONGO (Dicrurus macrocercus)
ASHY DRONGO (Dicrurus leucophaeus)
ASHY DRONGO (SOOTY) (Dicrurus leucophaeus bondi)
ASHY DRONGO (CHINESE WHITE-FACED) (Dicrurus leucophaeus leucogenis)
BRONZED DRONGO (Dicrurus aeneus)
LESSER RACKET-TAILED DRONGO (Dicrurus remifer)
HAIR-CRESTED DRONGO (Dicrurus hottentottus)
GREATER RACKET-TAILED DRONGO (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Monarchidae (Monarch Flycatchers)
BLACK-NAPED MONARCH (Hypothymis azurea)
BLYTH'S PARADISE-FLYCATCHER (BLYTH'S) (Terpsiphone affinis indochinensis)
BROWN SHRIKE (Lanius cristatus)
BURMESE SHRIKE (Lanius collurioides)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
RED-BILLED BLUE-MAGPIE (Urocissa erythroryncha)
RUFOUS TREEPIE (Dendrocitta vagabunda)
RACKET-TAILED TREEPIE (Crypsirina temia)
LARGE-BILLED CROW (LARGE-BILLED) (Corvus macrorhynchos macrorhynchos)
We sweated out White-rumped Falcon, but finally found a cooperative pair at Tmatboey, where we were priviledged enough to watch them in courtship. Photo by participant Kathleen John
Stenostiridae (Fairy Flycatchers)
GRAY-HEADED CANARY-FLYCATCHER (Culicicapa ceylonensis)
AUSTRALASIAN BUSHLARK (Mirafra javanica horsfieldii)
INDOCHINESE BUSHLARK (Mirafra erythrocephala)
ORIENTAL SKYLARK (Alauda gulgula)
Cisticolidae (Cisticolas and Allies)
COMMON TAILORBIRD (Orthotomus sutorius)
DARK-NECKED TAILORBIRD (Orthotomus atrogularis)
CAMBODIAN TAILORBIRD (Orthotomus chaktomuk) [E]
BROWN PRINIA (Prinia polychroa)
RUFESCENT PRINIA (Prinia rufescens)
GRAY-BREASTED PRINIA (Prinia hodgsonii)
YELLOW-BELLIED PRINIA (Prinia flaviventris)
PLAIN PRINIA (Prinia inornata)
ZITTING CISTICOLA (TINNABULANS GROUP) (Cisticola juncidis tinnabulans)
Another one of our great woodpecker highlights was the largest species of woodpecker in the world! We had a very vocal and showy pair of Great Slaty Woodpeckers cavorting during our first day of birding at Tmatboey. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
Acrocephalidae (Reed Warblers and Allies)
BLACK-BROWED REED WARBLER (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps)
MANCHURIAN REED WARBLER (Acrocephalus tangorum)
ORIENTAL REED WARBLER (Acrocephalus orientalis)
Locustellidae (Grassbirds and Allies)
STRIATED GRASSBIRD (Megalurus palustris)
LANCEOLATED WARBLER (Locustella lanceolata)
GRAY-THROATED MARTIN (Riparia chinensis)
BANK SWALLOW (Riparia riparia)
BARN SWALLOW (Hirundo rustica)
RED-RUMPED SWALLOW (Cecropis daurica)
This Brown Fish-Owl was picked out by Chea within the high canopy at Baeng Toal. Photo by participant Kathleen John.
BLACK-HEADED BULBUL (Brachypodius atriceps)
BLACK-CRESTED BULBUL (Rubigula flaviventris)
RED-WHISKERED BULBUL (Pycnonotus jocosus)
SOOTY-HEADED BULBUL (Pycnonotus aurigaster)
STRIPE-THROATED BULBUL (Pycnonotus finlaysoni)
YELLOW-VENTED BULBUL (Pycnonotus goiavier)
STREAK-EARED BULBUL (Pycnonotus conradi)
White-crested Laughingthrushes are one of the more widespread laughingthrushes in the region, yet they can still be tricky to see. The gregarious group at Changkran Roy was a real delight to watch go about their business on the forest floor. What a bird! Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
PUFF-THROATED BULBUL (Alophoixus pallidus)
OCHRACEOUS BULBUL (Alophoixus ochraceus)
GRAY-EYED BULBUL (Iole propinqua)
BLACK BULBUL (Hypsipetes leucocephalus)
ASHY BULBUL (Hemixos flavala)
Phylloscopidae (Leaf Warblers)
YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER (Phylloscopus inornatus)
RADDE'S WARBLER (Phylloscopus schwarzi)
DUSKY WARBLER (Phylloscopus fuscatus)
TWO-BARRED WARBLER (Phylloscopus plumbeitarsus)
PALE-LEGGED LEAF WARBLER (Phylloscopus tenellipes)
ARCTIC WARBLER (Phylloscopus borealis)
Scotocercidae (Bush Warblers and Allies)
YELLOW-BELLIED WARBLER (Abroscopus superciliaris)
Zosteropidae (White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies)
INDIAN WHITE-EYE (Zosterops palpebrosus)
Timaliidae (Tree-Babblers, Scimitar-Babblers, and Allies)
CHESTNUT-CAPPED BABBLER (Timalia pileata)
PIN-STRIPED TIT-BABBLER (Mixornis gularis)
GRAY-FACED TIT-BABBLER (Mixornis kelleyi)
WHITE-BROWED SCIMITAR-BABBLER (Pomatorhinus schisticeps annamensis) [*]
LARGE SCIMITAR-BABBLER (Megapomatorhinus hypoleucos)
Pellorneidae (Ground Babblers and Allies)
SCALY-CROWNED BABBLER (Malacopteron cinereum) [*]
PUFF-THROATED BABBLER (Pellorneum ruficeps)
Leiothrichidae (Laughingthrushes and Allies)
MOUNTAIN FULVETTA (Alcippe peracensis annamensis)
WHITE-CRESTED LAUGHINGTHRUSH (Garrulax leucolophus)
WHITE-CHEEKED LAUGHINGTHRUSH (Ianthocincla vassali) [*]
SILVER-EARED MESIA (Leiothrix argentauris)
When perched, the species looks more like should be called white-collared, but when you get to see them in flight, the name White-shouldered Ibis seems just right. These two were flying by while we were birding an island in the middle of the Mekong River, far away from their more typical dry dipterocarp forest habitats to the north. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
BURMESE NUTHATCH (Sitta neglecta)
VELVET-FRONTED NUTHATCH (Sitta frontalis)
GOLDEN-CRESTED MYNA (Ampeliceps coronatus)
COMMON HILL MYNA (Gracula religiosa)
BLACK-COLLARED STARLING (Gracupica nigricollis)
ASIAN PIED STARLING (Gracupica contra)
WHITE-SHOULDERED STARLING (Sturnia sinensis)
CHESTNUT-TAILED STARLING (Sturnia malabarica)
COMMON MYNA (Acridotheres tristis)
VINOUS-BREASTED STARLING (Acridotheres burmannicus)
GREAT MYNA (Acridotheres grandis)
The group having breakfast just before sunrise at the entrance to Angkor Wat. Photo contributed by participant Kathleen John.
Muscicapidae (Old World Flycatchers)
ASIAN BROWN FLYCATCHER (Muscicapa dauurica)
ORIENTAL MAGPIE-ROBIN (Copsychus saularis)
WHITE-RUMPED SHAMA (Copsychus malabaricus)
HAINAN BLUE FLYCATCHER (Cyornis hainanus)
CHINESE BLUE FLYCATCHER (Cyornis glaucicomans)
VERDITER FLYCATCHER (Eumyias thalassinus)
SIBERIAN BLUE ROBIN (Larvivora cyane)
BLUETHROAT (Luscinia svecica)
TAIGA FLYCATCHER (Ficedula albicilla)
WHITE-THROATED ROCK-THRUSH (Monticola gularis)
BLUE ROCK-THRUSH (PANDOO) (Monticola solitarius pandoo)
BLUE ROCK-THRUSH (PHILIPPENSIS) (Monticola solitarius philippensis)
SIBERIAN STONECHAT (PRZEVALSKI'S) (Saxicola maurus przewalskii)
PIED BUSHCHAT (Saxicola caprata)
White-throated Rock-Thrush is a wary species of interior forests, so merely glimpsing one is an achievement. Luckily, they will sometimes sit still on forest perches, and with enough patience we were the beneficiaries of this character. Amazingly, this strikingly plumaged male sat long enough for everyone to get full frame scope views. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
THICK-BILLED FLOWERPECKER (Dicaeum agile)
YELLOW-VENTED FLOWERPECKER (Dicaeum chrysorrheum)
PLAIN FLOWERPECKER (Dicaeum minullum)
FIRE-BREASTED FLOWERPECKER (Dicaeum ignipectus)
SCARLET-BACKED FLOWERPECKER (Dicaeum cruentatum)
Nectariniidae (Sunbirds and Spiderhunters)
RUBY-CHEEKED SUNBIRD (Chalcoparia singalensis)
BROWN-THROATED SUNBIRD (Anthreptes malacensis malacensis)
VAN HASSELT'S SUNBIRD (Leptocoma brasiliana emmae)
"The Black-shanked Douc-Langur was THIS big." Well, maybe that's not what's happening here, but we were certainly enjoying a troop of those endangered primates at Seima protected forest. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
PURPLE SUNBIRD (Cinnyris asiaticus)
OLIVE-BACKED SUNBIRD (OLIVE-BACKED) (Cinnyris jugularis flammaxillaris)
BLACK-THROATED SUNBIRD (Aethopyga saturata johnsi)
CRIMSON SUNBIRD (Aethopyga siparaja)
LITTLE SPIDERHUNTER (Arachnothera longirostra)
STREAKED SPIDERHUNTER (Arachnothera magna)
ASIAN FAIRY-BLUEBIRD (Irena puella)
BLUE-WINGED LEAFBIRD (Chloropsis cochinchinensis)
GOLDEN-FRONTED LEAFBIRD (Chloropsis aurifrons)
When we first saw this Cambodian Striped Squirrel from a distance, we assumed it was a bat hanging out in a day roost. Instead it was this squirrel chowing down on tree fruit while suspended by its legs from the tree limb. It looks a bit like it's been caught with its hand in the cookie jar. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
Ploceidae (Weavers and Allies)
BAYA WEAVER (Ploceus philippinus)
ASIAN GOLDEN WEAVER (Ploceus hypoxanthus)
Estrildidae (Waxbills and Allies)
RED AVADAVAT (Amandava amandava)
WHITE-RUMPED MUNIA (Lonchura striata)
SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA (Lonchura punctulata)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus)
PLAIN-BACKED SPARROW (Passer flaveolus)
EURASIAN TREE SPARROW (Passer montanus)
Slender-billed Vulture is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, and is one of the rarest vultures in the world. We had at least seven of these hungry and formidable members of nature's clean-up crew during our time at Baeng Toal. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
FOREST WAGTAIL (Dendronanthus indicus)
EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (EASTERN) (Motacilla tschutschensis tschutschensis)
EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (MANCHURIAN) (Motacilla tschutschensis macronyx)
MEKONG WAGTAIL (Motacilla samveasnae)
WHITE WAGTAIL (CHINESE) (Motacilla alba leucopsis)
PADDYFIELD PIPIT (Anthus rufulus)
OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT (Anthus hodgsoni)
RED-THROATED PIPIT (Anthus cervinus)
How many faces can you count in this photo of the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom? Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
LYLE'S FLYING FOX (Pteropus lylei)
NORTHERN TREESHREW (Tupaia berlangeri)
CRAB-EATING MACAQUE (Macaca fascigularis)
SILVERED LEAF MONKEY (Presbytis cristata)
BLACK-SHANKED DOUC LANGUR (Pygathrix nigripes)
This Northern Treeshrew put in a couple of appearances at Changkran Roy. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
YELLOW-CHEEKED GIBBON (Nomascus gabriellae)
FINLAYSON'S SQUIRREL (Callosciurus finlaysoni)
CAMBODIAN FLYING SQUIRREL (Tamiops rodolphii)
INDOCHINESE GROUND SQUIRREL (Menetes berdmorei)
IRRAWADDY DOLPHIN (Orcaella brevirostris)
SMALL ASIAN MONGOOSE (Herpestes javanicus)
This massive Tokay Gecko made a nice snack of an unsuspecting Ant-Lion at Tmatboey. It's easy to hear these geckos in forested Southeast Asia, but it's not as easy to lay eyes on them. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
COMMON HOUSE GECKO (Hemidactylus frenatus)
TOKAY GECKO (Gekko gecko)
Totals for the tour: 309 bird taxa and 11 mammal taxa