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Giant Ibis Bird Tour in Cambodia

5based on 1 review
Cambodia 3 Days
Starting From USD 550 / per person
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Starting From USD 670 / per person
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Birding Cambodia Tour

4.94based on 3 reviews
Cambodia 5 Days
Starting From USD 900 / per person
Group Discount Available

Essential Cambodia Bird Watching Tour

4.92based on 2 reviews
Cambodia 8 Days
Starting From USD 1,150 / per person
Group Discount Available
Starting From USD 4,825 / per person
Giant Ibis
Giant Ibis is one of the most endangered bird species in the world. Thought to be only 300 mature individuals left in the world, this species can be seen in Cambodia's Northern Plains. Giant Ibis is also the national bird of Cambodia. Learn more https://samveasna.com/bird/giant-ibis/
White-shouldered Ibis
Classified as critically endangered by the IUCN, White-shouldered Ibis is mostly seen in single or pairs whilst foraging but can be seen in large flocks whilst foraging. The largest group ever seen together at one time was 185.
Red-headed Vulture
The rarest of the three critically endangered vulture species in Cambodia, Red-headed Vulture’s rapid decline of this species is a result of residues of the anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac used to treat domestic livestock.
White-rumped Vulture
White-rumped Vulture is the least rare of the three critically endangered vulture species in Cambodia and can mostly be seen in Cambodia’s Northern Plains.
Slender-billed Vulture
Slender-billed Vulture, along with the other two critically endangered vultures, now rely off a supplementary feeding programme that has been supported by SVC and WCS. You can see this in action at the Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant.
Cambodian Tailorbird
Cambodian Tailorbird was officially classified and one of Cambodia’s two truly endemic bird species. This species can be seen within the floodplain of the Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac Rivers in Cambodia.
Cambodian Laughingthrush
The second endemic species is one of the hardest to find in Cambodia. This species resides between 900 and 1500 meters in the thick broadleaf evergreen forest of Aural Mountain.
Yellow-breasted Bunting
This now critically endangered species has seen a large decrease in numbers in the later half of the 20th century due to excessive trapping whilst migrating. It is not uncommon to see this species in the rice fields outside of Kratie from January to April.
Mekong Wagtail
SVC was named after inspirational Cambodian conservationist, Sam Veasna who died in 1999 from malaria. His name lives on through the scientific name of the Mekong Wagtail that bears his name ‘Motacilla samveasnae’.
White-winged Duck
Possibly the most elusive bird in Cambodia along with Masked Finfoot. The traditional range of this species used to extend to Kampot and Sihanokville but is now extinct in these regions. Now this species can only be found in Cambodia’s Northern Plains.

Sam Veasna Conservation Tours Ltd. (SVC) is a social enterprise non-profit organisation. Our mission is to sustain Cambodia’s wildlife and communities through ecotourism.

Since SVC’s inception, to date, we have guided 6,500+ tours and 10,000+ tourists to discover the amazingly diverse range of species that Cambodia has to offer. Every visitor to the communities we work with pay a ‘Conservation Contribution’. This fee goes towards projects that build infrastructure for some of the poorest communities in Cambodia.

Since 2015, visitors to SVC have contributed over $500,000 to local communities. SVC works with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Ministry of Environment (MoE) to ensure your contributions go to projects that benefit the communities. Previous projects have included; well-building, road repair and local primary school renovations.

During the off-season, SVC teaches communities skills needed to maintain high tourism standards- cooking hygiene, housekeeping training and local guide training. This provides supplementary income for individuals and helps to show the value of tourism and how important it is to protect their unique birdlife.

Since SVC’s inception, we have seen stable populations in Giant Ibis and other endangered species as well as a slight increase in White-shouldered Ibis. SVC is currently working to create a new birding site for Masked Finfoot which we hope to take birders to see in late 2021/early 2022.

  • Excellent tour!
    Birding Cambodia Tour
    Brittany B16 Jun 2022
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    Highly recommend for birding tours throughout Siem Reap temples. Very friendly guides and personalized tours. What an experience!
  • Great Day out!
    Birding Cambodia Tour
    Jonas Korbstein1 May 2022
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    2 families spent a great day out on a birding & temples tour. Our guide kept the kids engaged with a lot of knowledge sharing but also by finding a lot of interesting birds including owls, etc. We really had a great day and I highly recommend a trip with Sam Vesna Conservation Tours!
  • Great experience with expert guides
    Birding Cambodia Tour
    Amy Pitcairn16 Sep 2020
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    I did a half day bird watching and brunch in Phnom Penh. It was fantastic to get out of the city and learn so much from the experienced guides. I am looking forward to booking another tour with them.
  • Giant Ibis and more
    Giant Ibis Bird Tour in Cambodia
    Quentin Given2 Dec 2019
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    We had a crammed tour starting with Angkor Wat - both temples and birds - and then a dawn trip to see the Bengal Florican and then heading northeast to stay in the village. It was fantastic to see the White-shouldered Ibis at sunset and then the Giant Ibis next day at dawn, along with owls and francolins and raptors. Hat Huon and all the other staff worked hard to give us a great experience.
  • Excellent enthusiastic guides - even for non-enthusiasts
    Essential Cambodia Bird Watching Tour
    Ali30 Sep 2020
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    I had an amazing tour with Sam Veasna Conservation on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. I am no way a bird spotter but as it was at a time the country was locked down for tourists, the options were limited. I wanted a visit to the countryside. In the end I found the information from our tour guide and his ability to spot birds fascinating. They were also flexible for us to wonder off and enjoy some cultural spots along the way, for us formally non bird enthusiasts. Highly recommend them!
  • Great tour
    Essential Cambodia Bird Watching Tour
    Deborah Reynolds31 Dec 2019
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    We planned our short tour by email and were very pleased with the attention to detail of our 'wish list' during the preparation. On the day after arrival we met our first guide and enjoyed a full day with him, he was very knowledgeable and looked after us well. Then we travelled with our second guide and driver, staying overnight for several days. He worked tirelessly to find us new birds and ensure good photo opportunities. Safety in driving was good and everything ran on time to get us to the airport for departure flight. All in all a good experience.
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