Tuesday, September 11, 2012

House Sparrow in downtown Phnom Penh

One male House Sparrow in a flock of c.10 Tree Sparrow feeding on the pavement outside the BirdLife office (No. 9, St. 29) in Phnom Penh at lunchtime today (11 September 2012).

The bird was in immaculate plumage, flew strongly, didn't come to bread etc and showed no signs of having been released at a nearby wat so presumably this was a wild bird - as far as I am aware this is the first record of this species in downtown Phnom Penh - it was only a matter of time before House Sparrow spread into the city.

In far less interesting news there was a Brown Shrike at Wat Phnom this morning. 

Simon Mahood

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