Phong Nha Ke Bang national park

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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is located in western Bo Trach district, close to the international border with Laos. The national park is situated in one of the largest areas of contiguous limestone karst in Indochina, which also includes Hin Namno National Protected Area in Laos. The limestone massif is located in a transitional zone between the northern and central Annamite Mountains.

Biodiversity of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

The limestone forest ecosystem at Phong Nha Ke Bang supports a high diversity of plant and animal species with over 200 bird species have been recorded at this national park. Of perhaps the greatest conservation significance is several species found at the site that are endemic to this part of central Vietnam and Laos. These include Sooty Babbler, a globally near-threatened species that went unrecorded between its discovery in Laos in the 1920s and its rediscovery at the site in 1994. Phong Nha Ke Bang also supports populations of two endemic primates, Annamese Leaf Monkey, and an all-black form referred to as Black Leaf Monkey.

Timmins et al. (1999) recorded several globally threatened and near-threatened species, including Crested Argus, Chestnut-necklaced Partridge, Red-collared Woodpecker and Short-tailed Scimitar Babbler. On the basis of the occurrence of four restricted-range bird species, Phong Nha-Ke Bang lies within the Annamese Lowlands Endemic Bird Area.

Birds highlight of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

Chestnut-necklaced Partridge, Red-collared Woodpecker, Brown Hornbill, Sooty Babbler, Indochinese wren-babbler

Time for bird photography or birding in Phong Nha Ke Bang National park

The good time for birding and bird photography is from December to March