From ubiquitous chatty Mynas to the flocks of vivid Red-breasted parakeets which fly around Ta Prohm, to the Kingdom’s national bird, the alluringly rare Giant Ibis, you’re never too far from birdsong and flutters of colour in Cambodia.
Whether you’re an avid birdwatcher or just like to see beautiful plumage, there are too many bird watching spots to count in Cambodia’s National Parks, Bird Sanctuaries and green spaces. A few stand head and shoulders above the rest for the sheer number and diversity of species which call them home. Situated at the confluence of the Sangkae river and the Tonle Sap lake, Prek Toal bird sanctuary is regarded as the single most important breeding ground for globally threatened large waterbirds in South East Asia, notably storks, adjutants, pelicans, ibises, cormorants, all of which build gargantuan nests atop trees in this flooded forest wonderland. Ream National Park, which includes the island of Koh Thmai, is thought to be home to some 200 species, including impressive birds of prey such as ospreys, Brahminy kites and grey-headed fish eagles, in addition to herons, cranes and storks, as well as technicolour kingfishers and bee-eaters. Those on a tight schedule could do worse than to pay a visit Cambodia’s first conservation and endangered wildlife rescue centre, which provides safe haven for a plethora of waterbirds, parakeets, peacocks and birds of prey, the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity nearby to Banteay Srei and Phnom Kulen.