Phnom Aural

Country/territory: Cambodia

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2003)
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Area: 50,085 ha

NatureLife Cambodia
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2009 high not assessed high
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Site description (baseline)
The IBA is located within Phnom Aural Wildlife Sanctuary in the Cardamom Mountains. The IBA comprises all areas of evergreen and semi-evergreen forest above 400 m asl, which is thought to be the lower altitudinal limit of Chestnut-headed Partridge Arborophila cambodiana. The topography of the IBA is dominated by Phnom Aural, which, at around 1,813 m asl, is Cambodia's highest mountain. At elevations below 1,200 m asl, the vegetation of the IBA is dominated by lowland evergreen forest. Elevations between 1,200 and 1,500 m asl support lower montane evergreen forest, while elevations above 1,500 m asl support upper montane evergreen forest. The IBA supports both restricted-range species found in the Cambodia-Thailand-Mountains Endemic Bird Area: Chestnut-headed Partridge and Cambodian Laughingthrush Garrulax ferrarius.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Pig-tailed Macaque (Macaca nemestrina), Slow Loris (Nycticebus coucang), Silvered Langur (Semnopithecus cristatus), Pileated Gibbon (Hylobates pileatus).Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus), Gaur (Bos gaurus), (Song Chansocheat, Ministry of Environment, pers. comm.).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Phnom Aural. Downloaded from on 07/06/2023.