Friday, February 7, 2014

A new and easily accessible Cambodian Tailorbird site

Quite a few people have asked me to send them information on where to see Cambodian Tailorbird. As reported on this blog recently, Ashish and I have found it at Oudong, which is a fairly popular tourist spot 40 km from Phnom Penh and known to most tuk tuk drivers.

However over last weekend Ashish saw Cambodian Tailorbird at the Genocidal Center, also known to tuk tuk drivers as the Killing Fields. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Phnom Penh, and is easily reached by tuk tuk, or by following the map below. Ashish saw the bird at point 13 on the audio-tour. I guess you could pause your personal audio tour of the killing fields at that point and then tape the bird in. James Eaton heard the birds at this site in October 2012.

It’s worth just sitting back and thinking about this for a minute. Up until 2013 there was an undescribed bird species inhabiting one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cambodia, within the limits of the capital city. Could there really be other undescribed bird species in other equally accessible parts of the world?

Simon Mahood 7 February 2014


  1. The challenge now is to find it properly within the city limits before all the habitat finally disappears. I reckon, Boeing Trabek, about halfway between Ashish's house and the office, is where I'd start looking. Colin

  2. Visiting birder Edward Vercruysse has already found them slightly closer: