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Boeung Veal Samnap
105o 2.00' East 11o 37.00' North
4 - 17m
Year of IBA assessment
BirdLife Indochina Programme (BirdLife Direct Action Programme)
Site description The IBA comprises Boeung Veal Samnap, a permanent lake located to the east of Phnom Penh. The areas surrounding the lake become inundated when the Mekong River floods during the wet season, and thus support extensive marshes, bordered by rice cultivation. The vegetation of the marshes comprises various grasses and sedges, while other emergent species and rafts of floating vegetation cover extensive areas of the lake, there are also small areas of swamp forest trees. A number of large waterbirds regularly occur at the IBA in the wet season, including small numbers of Spot-billed Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis). In 2000 a colony of Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) was discovered in the IBA.
Key Biodiversity on 29 September 2002 74 Asian Openbills were recorded.
ReferencesDocument nameDuckworth, J. W. and Hedges, S. 1998. Bird records from Cambodia in 1997, including records of sixteen species new for the country. Forktail 14: 29-36.Edwards, P.J. (1996) Cambodia wetlands ornithological survey. Xenus Ecology. Newmarket, UK.Edwards, P.J. (1996) Recent waterbird surveys in Cambodia. Forktail 15: 29-42.Goes, F. (1999) Les marais de la plaine des quatre bras. Cambodia Bird News 3: 44-51.Goes, F. (ed.) (2000) Recent Sightings. Cambodia Bird News 6: 44-51Goes, F. and Davidson, P. (eds.) (2001) Recent Sightings. Cambodia Bird News 8: 44-51Mundkur, T., Carr, P., Sun Hean and Chhim Somean 1995. Surveys for large waterbirds in Cambodia. March - April 1994. Cambridge, UK: IUCN/SSC..Scott, D. A.. (1992) Survey of Cambodian wetlands, 26 November to 5 December 1992. Unpubl.Seng Kim Hout et al. (September 2002). Short visit to Boeung Veal Samnap. Wildlife Conservation Society, Cambodia. Unpublished.
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