Can Gio Biosphere Reserve

 

Can Gio Biosphere Reserve

 

Can Gio Man and the Biosphere Reserve situated in Ho Chi Minh City and on the coastline of southern Vietnam, at the point where the Dong Nai, Vam Co and Sai Gon rivers discharge into the sea. Sediment deposited by these rivers has formed a dynamic complex of intertidal flats, which, prior to the Second Indochina War, supported extensive areas of natural mangrove forest. However, most of the natural mangrove was destroyed by wartime spraying of defoliants, and the main habitat types at the site are now plantation mangrove and naturally recolonising mangrove.

Birding highlights: Painted Stork and Asian Dowitcher.

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Bird faunaWhile dominant habitat type at Can Gio, plantation mangrove, is of relatively low importance for key bird species, the intertidal mudflats and sandbanks at the site are important habitats for migratory waterbirds. Several rare waterbird species have been recorded at the site, including Spotted Greenshank, Asian Dowitcher, Spot-billed Pelican and Painted Stork. In addition, the globally endangered Black-faced Spoonbill has been recorded at the site, although it is not believed to regularly occur in significant numbers.

 

Other interestsMangroves and Long-tailed Macaques.

Transportation: The site is two hours from Ho Chi Minh City by car.

Accommodation: Guesthouses and restaurants are available at Can Gio Beach Resort 

Permission: Tourism site, accessible for all Vietnamese and foreign visitors

   
 

Contact details: Can Gio Mangrove Biosphare Reserve Management Board, 176 Da Kao Road, 1st District, Ho Chi Minh City, Tel.: +(84 8) 8272292;

Can Gio Ecotourism Company, Long Thanh Ward, Long Hoa Commune, Can Gio District, Tel.: +(84 8) 8743651

   
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  Bird list (source: BirdLife unpublished)
 

1. Lesser Whistling-duck

 

2. Common Kingfisher

 

3. White-throated Kingfisher

 

4. Black-capped Kingfisher

 

5. Collared Kingfisher

 

6. Blue-tailed Bee-eater

 

7. Plaintive Cuckoo

 

8. Black-tailed Godwit

 

9. Bar-tailed Godwit

 

10. Whimbrel

 

11. Eurasian Curlew

 

12. Common Redshank

 

13. Marsh Sandpiper

 

14. Common Greenshank

 

15. Nordmann's Greenshank

 

16. Wood Sandpiper

 

17. Terek Sandpiper

 

18. Common Sandpiper

 

19. Ruddy Turnstone

 

20. Asian Dowitcher

 

21. Red-necked Stint

 

22. Long-toed Stint

 

23. Curlew Sandpiper

 

24. Broad-billed Sandpiper

 

25. Black-winged Stilt

 

26. Pacific Golden Plover

 

27. Grey Plover

 

28. Little Ringed Plover

 

29. Kentish Plover

 

30. Lesser Sand Plover

 

31. Greater Sand Plover

 

32. Black-headed Gull

 

33. Gull-billed Tern

 

34. Caspian Tern

 

35. Common Tern

 

36. Little Tern

 

37. Whiskered Tern

 

38. Osprey

 

39. Black-shouldered Kite

 

40. Little Egret

 

41. Grey Heron

 

42. Purple Heron

 

43. Great Egret

 

44. Intermediate Egret

 

45. Javan Pond Heron

 

46. Little Heron

 

47. Cinnamon Bittern

 

48. Black Bittern

 

49. Black-faced Spoonbill

 

50. Spot-billed Pelican

 

51. Painted Stork

 

52. Pied Fantail

 

53. Barn Swallow

 

54. Ashy Tailorbird

 

55. Arctic Warbler

 

56. Yellow Wagtail

 

 
 

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