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


  Bird list (source: BirdLife unpublished)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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