Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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Cambodia, Kampong Chhnang,Kampong Thom
104o 39.00' East 12o 36.00' North
A1, A3, A4i
4 - 16m
Year of IBA assessment
BirdLife Indochina Programme (BirdLife Direct Action Programme)
Site description The IBA is an area of seasonally inundated grassland, dominated by Wild Rice Oryza rufipogon, located within the inundation zone of Tonle Sap Lake, along the border between Kampong Thom and Kampong Chhnang Provinces. The seasonally inundated grassland is surrounded by dense tall scrub and swamp forest and there are numerous seasonal pools and lakes. The southern part of the IBA is situated within Tonle Sap Multiple Use Area, designated under the 1993 Royal Decree on Protected Areas, and Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve. During the dry season, the IBA supports a breeding population of Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis. Also during the dry season, the IBA is visited by a number of non-breeding large waterbirds, including Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala, Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans, Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus and Greater Adjutant L. dubius. In addition, White-shouldered Ibis Pseudibis davisoni has been recorded at the IBA, although the precise status of this species is unclear.
Key Biodiversity Other regionally significant species occur at the site such as Grey Heron, Great Egret, Little Cormorant, Brahminy Kite and Asian Openbill.