BIRD ROUTES Seima Mixed Evergreen Protected Forest

 
Orange-necked Partridge

The Forestry Administration (FA) and Wildlife Conservation Society station at Keo Seima is situated at the Southern end of the Seima Protected Forest (SPF) whose core area covers nearly 2000 square kilometers. 

The forest has a wide range of forest types including; evergreen, semi-evergreen, mixed deciduous, dry dipteropcarp and bamboo giving rise to a diversity of birds and animals of which 334 bird species, 93 mammals and 60 reptiles and amphibians have been recorded.
 
The Southern Lowlands of the protected area where the FA and WCS station is located and birding concentrated provides habitat for key species such as Germains Peacock Pheasant, Green Peafowl, Siamese Fireback, Great Hornbill and one of the largest concentrations of woodpeckers in the world with 16 species recorded on SVC trips including; White-bellied, Heart-spotted, Black and buff, Great Slaty as well as the Pale-capped Woodpecker. 
The FA and WCS station at Keo Seima is set amongst thick bamboo forest which provides              habitat for the elusive Orange-necked Partidge which was repeatedly heard on SVC trips in 2011 though only twice seen. The bamboo is also a feeding ground for elephants, evidence of their presence in the form of dung and tracks is often seen though the animals themselves are rarely encountered.

 



Green Peafowl

 

 

Greater Hornbill SPF  photo Eleanor Briggs



SPF hosts the largest population of Black-shanked Doucs in the world reckoned to be in excess of 40,000. These handsome columbine monkeys can be seen along the road side near the FA and WCS camp. Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbons are heard if not always seen, Pig-tailed & Long-tailed Macaques and Germains Silvered Langurs are also present. Pygmy Loris and Small-toothed Palm Civets are seen on night walks.
 
 


Black-shanked Douc                                 photo Eleanor Briggs

 Small-toothed Palm Civet                  photo James Eaton


Gaur and Banteng have been spotted by SVC groups and Eld's Deer and Sambar have been recorded in the forest.
 


Gaur photo WCS camera trap
 
SVC groups have stayed in the Forestry Administration / WCS Station 5 km from Keo Seima Town, which provides basic accommodation in a barack style dormitory and simple Khmer food. The newly paved road from the provincial capitol Senmonorum, which takes less than an hour allows visitors to stay more comfortably in lodge accommodation in scrub forest near the town and visit another birding site SVC has recently discovered near Dak Dam on the Vietnamese border.
 
The SVC Supertour in 2011 lead by Paul Nielsen and SVC Guide Srun spotted the following in the forested valley bottoms; Black-headed Parrotbill, Black Eagle, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Speckled Piculet, Rufous-capped Babbler, White-cheeked Laughing Thrush, Silver-eared Mesia, Black-browed Fulvetta, Crimson & Black-throated Sunbirds, Maroon Oriole, Indochinese Green Magpie and a non confirmed sighting of a White-tailed Flycatcher.