Even though the international importance of the Cambodian bird fauna is widely recognised, the only review to date was confined to pre-1970s records for 399 bird species. As information on Cambodian birds has grown exponentially since the 1990s, the country has needed a national treatment synthesizing latest knowledge on its fascinating avifauna for some time.
The Birds of Cambodia - An Annotated Checklist is a landmark publication that addresses this need. It stems from 12 years of ornithological surveys and observations, coupled with six years of collation and review of all available records. The book exhaustively documents the entire bird fauna of Cambodia and identifies all bird species of national conservation concern. As such, it provides an authoritative basis for a national red data book and future conservation legislation.
The book consists of three parts and includes 48 colour plates illustrating major habitats, conservation threats and over 80 bird species photographed in the wild in Cambodia.
The introduction describes the country’s natural geography, major habitats, protected areas, ornithological history and survey coverage, then goes on to review conservation successes and challenges and provide guidance for novice birdwatchers.
A systematic section forms the heart of the book and presents peer-reviewed accounts for the 598 bird species currently confirmed for Cambodia. The accounts synthesize latest knowledge on seasonal occurrence, abundance, distribution and habitat, including notes on breeding and conservation. English, Latin, French and Khmer names, including transliteration, are provided for each species. Detailed reviews of records are also provided for rarities and all species of conservation concern, together with a proposed national conservation category.
Several appendices complete the book. These include a reference checklist for Cambodian birds, tables of nationally threatened species and potential future species additions, census results for globally threatened species and a geographical gazetteer.
In addition to stimulating interest and awareness among the general public, The Birds of Cambodia - An Annotated Checklist will undoubtedly become an indispensable reference for conservationists and ornithologists in Cambodia, as well as all bird watchers visiting the Kingdom.
All proceeds from sales of the publication will be used to build awareness and capacity for bird conservation among young Cambodians.
Copies can be obtained from Fauna & Flora International Cambodia Programme, #19, Street 360, Boeng Keng Kong 1, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org