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Cambodia, Koh Kong
103o 41.00' East 11o 6.00' North
0 - 16m
Year of IBA assessment
BirdLife Indochina Programme (Country programme)
Site description The IBA is comprised of the estuary of the Sre Ambel River, and the associated wetland habitats. The vegetation of the IBA comprises an area of intertidal mudflats and mangrove, backed by an extensive area of Melaleuca swamp, which contains numerous small wetlands. Although the IBA has received little recent ornithological study, a range of large waterbirds in small numbers, including Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea, Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala, Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus, Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus and Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus. Perhaps most notably, the IBA supports a small non-breeding population of Sarus Crane Grus antigone. In addition, there are historical records of both Giant and White-shouldered Ibises Pseudibis gigantea and P. davisoni from what is believed to be the general vicinity of the IBA, although there are no recent records. The IBA is included within Dong Peng Multiple Use Area, designated under the 1993 Royal Decree on Protected Areas.
Key Biodiversity The site holds the Globally threatened species such as Sarus Crane (Grus antigone), Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea), Painted Stork (Myctetria leucocephala) and Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus). During the survey on 29-30 May 2002, 23 Woolly-necked Storks were observed feeding where Prang villagers reported to have Sarus Cranes from 4-10 birds coming every year to feed in cultivated area (UTM: 0357181-1229107) located in the northeast of Prang village about 500m. Sarus Cranes reportedly present in this area from February to early May.
ReferencesDocument nameGoes, F. and Davidson, P. (eds.) (2001) Recent Sightings. Cambodia Bird News 8: 44-51Goes, F. and Davidson, P. (eds.) (2002) Recent Sightings. Cambodia Bird News 9: 47-59.Edwards, P.J. (1996) Cambodia wetlands ornithological survey. Xenus Ecology. Newmarket, UK.Mundkur, T., Carr, P., Sun Hean and Chhim Somean 1995. Surveys for large waterbirds in Cambodia. March - April 1994. Cambridge, UK: IUCN/SSC.Seng Kim Hout, Tan Setha, Pech Bunnat and Song Chansocheat (2001) Survey of waterbirds and shorebirds at Kampong Saom Bay from 13-18/12/2001. Unpublished report, Wildlife Conservation Society, Cambodia.Seng Kim Hout et al. (2002) Survey of waterbirds around Prang village. Unpublished report, Wildlife Conservation Society, Cambodia.Williamson, W. J. F. (1921) The Giant Ibis (Thaumatibis gigantea) in Cambodia. J. Nat. Hist. Soc. Siam 4: 196.BirdLife International (2001) Threatened bird of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book.Draft final report (June 1994). A report on surveys of large waterbirds in Cambodia. Asian Wetland Bureau and Wildlife Protection Office, Forestry Department, Kingdom of Cambodia.
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