Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Endangered duck eggs found

Endangered duck eggs found

Seven eggs of the globally endangered white-winged duck were found inside a tree hollow in Preah Vihear’s Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary
Seven eggs of the globally endangered white-winged duck were found inside a tree hollow in Preah Vihear’s Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary. Wildlife Conservation Society

Endangered duck eggs found

For the first time in five years, a nest with seven eggs of the endangered white-winged duck was discovered in the Northern Plains of Cambodia, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced yesterday.

The nest, located inside a tree hollow about 12 metres above the ground, was found by three farmers who spotted a white-winged duck on Sunday in the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear province.

“We saw a white-winged duck on the tree while walking to the rice field. We reported to WCS team because we know it is an endangered bird,” In Long, one of the farmers who made the discovery, was quoted as saying in a WCS statement.

Only an estimated 250 to 1,000 white-winged ducks remain worldwide, but little is known about the population numbers in Cambodia.

Northern Plains Technical Adviser for WCS, Alistair Mould, said in an email that the discovery encourages conservationists to step up efforts to protect this rare species.

“[The] white-winged duck is globally endangered so more protection is needed to [save] the species from extinction,” he said. “This finding highlights the importance of [the] Northern Plains of Cambodia for globally endangered wildlife conservation.”

As part of the Bird Nest Protection Programme, the three villagers have been paid to guard the nest until the ducklings fledge, WCS Communications Officer Eng Mengey said.

According to the statement, the programme is a payment scheme that rewards local people living in two protected areas in the Northern Plains for locating, monitoring and protecting nests.

It adds that between 2002 and 2016, the programme has led to the protection of 3,813 nests and 6,806 fledglings over an area of more than 4,000 square kilometres.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,

  • Capital-Poipet express rail project making headway

    The preliminary results of a feasibility study to upgrade the Phnom Penh-Poipet railway into Cambodia’s first express railway indicate that the project would cost more than $4 billion and would take around four years to complete. The study was carried out by China Road and

  • Thai boxers to join SEA Games’ Kun Khmer event

    The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) – together with the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) and Khmer Boxing Federation – have achieved a “great success” by including Kun Khmer in the upcoming biennial multi-sports event on its home soil for the first time, said a senior

  • Bullets to bracelets: Siem Reap man makes waste from war wearable

    Jewellery is often made from valuable gemstones like emeralds or diamonds and precious metals like gold or silver, or valueless things like animal horns. But a man in Siem Reap has approached the manufacture of delicate pieces from a different angle. His unique form of

  • 61% of 2022 imports came from just 3 markets

    The three largest exporters to Cambodia – mainland China, Vietnam and Thailand – accounted for 60.94 per cent of the Kingdom’s total merchandise imports last year, at $18.245 billion, which was up 11.99 per cent over 2021, according to the General Department of Customs and Excise. Cambodia’s total imports