The BirdLife International Cambodia Programme on November 12 said it has found eight nests of the Asian woolly-necked stork in Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary this breeding season, which it noted indicates an on-year increase in population.
Known scientifically as Ciconia episcopus episcopus, this subspecies of woolly-necked stork is one of the many birds monitored by the NGO in the sanctuary, located in the Kingdom’s northeast.
The woolly-necked stork (Ciconia episcopus) is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species as “near threatened”. According to BirdLife Cambodia, the bird’s breeding season in the Kingdom is usually from February-May and August-November.
“BirdLife urges all communities and local authorities to take part in the protection of all threatened birds in Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary, and prevent the destruction of wildlife habitat, egg poaching and other disturbances,” the NGO said in a statement.