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Cambodian conservationists monitoring grey-headed fish eagles

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Photo: BirdLife International

Conservationists have been monitoring the presence of Grey-headed Fish Eagles at their habitat, according to BirdLife International Cambodia Programme.

“The Grey-headed Fish Eagle are suffering from habitat destruction and overfishing. In Lomphat wildlife sanctuary, our monitoring team usually recorded its presence and nesting near big seasonal wetland and a long Srepok river bank,” it said.

In last December, the monitoring team has recorded this species of bird in four different locations of Lomphat, it added.

Grey-headed Fish Eagles is a fish-eating bird of prey from South East Asia. It is a large stocky raptor with adults having dark brown upper body, grey head and lighter underbelly and white legs.

This species is now only locally common and may have a moderately small population, which is thought to be undergoing a moderately rapid population reduction owing to habitat degradation, pollution and over-fishing. It is therefore classified as Near Threatened as it almost qualifies for listing under criteria. Its population is between 10,000 and 100,000. Heng Panha – AKP

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