Site description The IBA is located at the western edge of the Mekong Delta, and comprises an area of seasonally inundated grassland, interspersed with Melaleuca scrub, along the international border with Vietnam. The IBA is located at the northern extent of the Ha Tien plain, a once extensive area of seasonally inundated grassland and other natural habitats, which extends into Kien Giang Province, Vietnam. Large areas of natural habitat in the Vietnamese part of the Ha Tien plain have been converted into agriculture and aquaculture, while the mosaic of natural habitats in the Cambodian part have been reduced to around 1,000 ha in extent. The seasonally inundated grasslands support a non-breeding population of Sarus Crane Grus antigone, estimated by local people to number 80 to 150 birds. Whether these birds are part of the non-breeding population that regularly visits Kien Luong IBA (VN005) in the Vietnamese part of the Ha Tien plain is not known but, given the proximity of the two sites, this seems likely.
ReferencesDocument nameTordoff, A. W., Pech Bunnat and Prum Sophal (2002). A rapid field survey of Kompong Trach District, Kampot Province. Unpublished report, Wildlife Conservation Society, Cambodia.Tran Triet et al. (2000) Aerial survey of grasslands in Takeo and Kampot provinces. Unpublished report to the International Crane Foundation.
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