Endangered White-winged Duck Re-discovered in Northern Plains of Cambodia

A nest with seven eggs of the Globally Endangered White-winged Duck (Asarcornis scutulata) was detected within Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, pointed out a press release of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) issued today.

This nest belongs to a female White-winged duck which was re-released back into its natural habitat (Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary) in late 2015, it underlined.

The confirmation was made after one month of intensive protection by local community members participating in the Bird Nest protection scheme, conservationists from the Ministry of Environment (MoE), local communities and WCS, it added.

This rare duck had received an individual identification ring during rehabilitation at the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), which the conservationists were now able to identify and confirm by photograph, said the same source.

According to the press release, the White-winged Duck is listed on IUCN's Red List for Threatened Species as Globally Endangered, primarily because its global population is in decline due to habitat loss, disturbance along key stretches of riverine habitat and illegal poaching. The global population of this enigmatic duck species is estimated to be between 250 � 1,000 individuals, while little is currently known about the numbers present in Cambodia.

The Northern Plains of Cambodia are home to many globally endangered bird species. Those include Critically Endangered Giant Ibis, White-shouldered Ibis, and three species of vulture, globally Endangered White-winged Duck, and many other important wildlife.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

Endangered White-winged Duck Re-discovered in Northern Plains of Cambodia

A nest with seven eggs of the Globally Endangered White-winged Duck (Asarcornis scutulata) was detected within Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, pointed out a press release of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) issued today.

This nest belongs to a female White-winged duck which was re-released back into its natural habitat (Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary) in late 2015, it underlined.

The confirmation was made after one month of intensive protection by local community members participating in the Bird Nest protection scheme, conservationists from the Ministry of Environment (MoE), local communities and WCS, it added.

This rare duck had received an individual identification ring during rehabilitation at the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), which the conservationists were now able to identify and confirm by photograph, said the same source.

According to the press release, the White-winged Duck is listed on IUCN's Red List for Threatened Species as Globally Endangered, primarily because its global population is in decline due to habitat loss, disturbance along key stretches of riverine habitat and illegal poaching. The global population of this enigmatic duck species is estimated to be between 250 � 1,000 individuals, while little is currently known about the numbers present in Cambodia.

The Northern Plains of Cambodia are home to many globally endangered bird species. Those include Critically Endangered Giant Ibis, White-shouldered Ibis, and three species of vulture, globally Endangered White-winged Duck, and many other important wildlife.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press