Abstract: The goal of this study was to gain a greater understanding of the characteristics of bird communities during the rainy and dry seasons in lowland dry evergreen forests of the Central Cardamom Protected Forest and the Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area in Cambodia during July 2007 and December 2011. The 82 bird species were observed in the Central Cardamom Protected Forest and 72 bird species were observed in the Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area. The number of species and individuals were similar between rainy and dry seasons in both study areas. IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) red list and CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) listed species such as the green peafowl (Pavo muticus), the Oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris), the great hornbill (Buceros bicornis) and the crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela) were recorded in this study. The primary threats to bird communities in and around both study areas were related to habitat conversion and poaching for local consumption. Habitat conversion and poaching should be strictly prohibited to conserve bird communities. Moreover, detailed management programs based on scientific research will be helpful for conservation of biodiversity.
Shin-Jae Rhim, Seung-Hun Son, Kyu-Jung Kim, Hyun-Su Hwang and Woo-Shin Lee, 2012. Bird Community Characteristics During the Rainy and Dry Seasons in Lowland Dry Evergreen Forests of the Central Cardamom Protected Forest and the Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area in Cambodia. Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 11: 4476-4481.