|Central coordinates||103o 39.00' East 13o 7.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, A4iii|
|Altitude||4 - 7m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2003|
Site description Prek Toal is one of the most intact areas of freshwater swamp forest around Tonle Sap Lake. This unique ecosystem is adapted to withstand seasonal variation of water level of up to 10 m, and consists of short-tree shrublands and gallery forests of 7-15 m tall trees, dominated by Barringtonia acutangula and Diospyros cambodiana and a variety of woody lianas. In the dry season (January to May), these large trees support the largest remaining colonies of storks, pelicans and ibises in mainland South-east Asia. The IBA is centred on the Prek Toal Core Area of Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve and includes all areas the bird colonies and the areas of best swamp forest. It is also completely inside a fishing concession (Fishing Lot No. 2 of Battambang Province),and the area is commercially fished on an industrial scale between January and July, severely restricting access to people who are not employees of the concessionaire. The waterbird colonies of Prek Toal contain some of the world's largest numbers of Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis and Greater Adjutant Leptoptilos dubius, and Prek Toal is perhaps the only site in world where Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea breeds in freshwater. In addition, the IBA supports significant wet season breeding populations of Darter Anhinga melanogaster and Grey-headed Fish Eagle Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus, and, Masked Finfoot Heliopais personata, young chicks of which have been recorded.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Greater Adjutant Leptoptilos dubius||resident||1998||rare||-||A1, A4i||Endangered|
|Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus||resident||1998||abundant||-||A1, A4i||Vulnerable|
|Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea||resident||1998||rare||-||A1, A4i||Endangered|
|Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala||resident||1998||abundant||-||A4i||Near Threatened|
|Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans||resident||1998||abundant||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus||resident||1998||abundant||-||A4i||Near Threatened|
|Great White Egret Ardea alba||resident||1998||abundant||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis||resident||1998||abundant||-||A1, A4i||Near Threatened|
|Little Cormorant Microcarbo niger||resident||1998||abundant||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Indian Cormorant Phalacrocorax fuscicollis||resident||1998||abundant||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Oriental Darter Anhinga melanogaster||resident||1998||abundant||-||A4i||Near Threatened|
|Masked Finfoot Heliopais personatus||unknown||1998||rare||-||A1||Endangered|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||breeding||1998||20,000 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Prek Toal||Multiple Use Management Area - Core Area||21,342||protected area contained by site||21,342|
|Tonle Sap||UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve||1,481,257||protected area overlaps with site||21,342|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Ephemeral wetlands; Freshwater lakes and pools; Permanent swamps; Rivers and streams||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
|Notes: small settlements|
Other biodiversity Siamese Crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) occurs in the area (critical endangered). Also Long tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) near threatened. Extremely important for many fish species (Ramboth 1996). Important botanical community (McDonald et al. 1997). Turtle populations little known but said to be decreasing.
References Silvered Langur (Semnopithecus cristatus), Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis), Slow Loris (Nycticebus coucang) (Long Kheng, Ministry of Environment, pers. comm.).Asiatic Softshell Turtle (Amyda cartilaginea), Malayan Box Turtle (Cuora ambionensis), Malayan Snail-eating Turtle (Malayemys subtrijuga), Yellow-headed Temple Turtle (Hieremys annandalii), Siamese Crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) (Long Kheng, Ministry of Environment, pers. comm.).
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