This short extension targets the rarely seen endemics and near endemics of Cambodia. A short stop around the outskirts of Phnom Penh should give us the recently discovered Cambodian Tailorbird before we head to Mount Aural in the Cardomom Mountains. The lush, evergreen forests that cloak the mountain are home to the endemic Cambodian Laughingthrush and near-endemic Chestnut-headed Partridge. We conclude the tour at an area of remote grasslands where we hope to find the very rare Chinese Grassbird and little-known Manchurian Reed Warbler with chances too of the seldom-seen Asian Golden Weaver.
Cambodian Laughingthrush, Cambodian Tailorbird, Chestnut-headed Partridge, Chinese Grassbird, Manchurian Reed Warbler, Asian Golden Weaver
grasslands, woodland, cultivation, rice fields, lowland broad-leaved and tropical moist forest
humid in the lowlands with occassional rain showers
ascending Aural Mountain is an arduous 6-hour hike in either direction. Local villagers will act as porters to carry your pack and prepare the campsite and food for our two-night stay on the mountain. Hiking this mountain can be tough due to the hot climate.