May 18, 2022

Large Flock of Critically Endangered Birds Arrive In Cambodia in Yearly Migration

A large flock of critically endangered migratory birds, the yellow-breasted bunting, arrived at the Boeung Prek Lapouv Protected Landscape in southern Cambodia’s Takeo province, during their yearly migration, a conservationist organisation said, yesterday.

The yellow-breasted bunting was considered a critically endangered species, by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, in 2004, due to a rapid drop in population size.

The species breeds in Europe and northern Asia, and then migrates yearly to parts of Asia, including India, southern China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar, for winter quarter and food, from Dec to Apr, said BirdLife Cambodia, in a news release.

“In Jan, 2022, thousands of the yellow-breasted bunting have migrated to the Boeung Prek Lapouv Protected Landscape, for habitats and food during their yearly migration,” Bou Vorsak, programme manager for BirdLife Cambodia, said.

The yellow-breasted bunting’s population in the world declined by more than 80 percent in recent years, the news release said, adding that, for Cambodia, more than 800 yellow-breasted buntings had been recorded in some provinces between 2016 and 2019.

Source: NAM News Network