By Mengey Eng
| March 19, 2017
Pictures from camera traps have confirmed that bar-bellied pitta (Hydrornis elliottii; popular with tourists), Siamese fireback (Lophura diardi), red jungle fowl (Gallus gallus), and emerald dove (Chalcophaps indica) are using the bird feeding stations in the forest surrounding Jahoo Gibbon Camp. Leopard cat (Prionailurus Bengalensis) and northern pig-tailed macaque (Macaca leonina) were also spotted nearby. These results show that the bird feeding stations are successfully attracting birds and also demonstrate the importance of the forest for mammals. The bird feeding stations will hopefully provide reliable bird viewing for tourists, encouraging more people to visit this lovely area of forest and contribute to its conservation.
The Monitoring and Ecotourism teams at WCS, together with our partners SVC, set up camera traps to find out which bird species have been eating the rice that we've started putting out at special bird feeding stations in the forest surrounding Jahoo Gibbon Camp, the community-based ecotourism project in Andoung Kralong Village situated in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary.
The forest here is home to rare bird species including bar-bellied pitta and Germain's peacock pheasant that are really popular with tourists. Hopefully the cameras will reveal that some of these species are using the feeding stations, providing an excellent way for tourists visiting this community-run tourism site to get a once in a lifetime sighting