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August 20, 2012

Bokor National Park Birding

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Bokor Hill, Kampot, Cambodia.

I hired a motor-bike this morning and went up to Bokor Hill. It is supposed to be a National Park, but they have put this ugly big casino right on top of the mountain. But the road is nicely paved all the way.

Blue-eared Barbet
Blue-eared Barbet (Megalaima australis)

I was quite excited to see this bird. I love barbets and I want to see every kind. The Blue-eared Barbet (Megalaima australis) has a black patch at the front of the head, blue mid-crown, ear-coverts and throat with red patches above and below the ears and also an orange cheek patch. Their range extends from Nepal and India, South-west China and the Greater Sundas.

Blue-eared Barbet
Blue-eared Barbet (Megalaima australis)

So good I had to do it twice.

Blue-winged Leafbird
Blue-winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis)

The Blue-winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis) is all green with blue flight feather fringes and a blue patch on the shoulders. All these birds I saw on the way up the hill. On top of the hill, there was not much at all. I also saw a Green-billed Malkoha (Rhopodytes tristis) near the giant buddha statue.

Stripe-throated Bulbul
Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni)

I have seen this bird previously in Thailand but the photo was not as definitive as this one. The Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni) has yellow streaks on the top of the head, ears, throat and upper breast, as well as a yellow vent.

Black-crested Bulbul
Black-crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus flaviventris)

The Black-crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus flaviventris) is a very striking bird especially because of the piercing white eye. And the black crest sticking up, of course. Their front is all yellow. Race johnsoni has a red throat.

Bokor bird list

Blue-eared Barbet (Megalaima australis)
Blue-winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis)
Green-billed Malkoha (Rhopodytes tristis)
Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni)
Black-crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus flaviventris)

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