Covering 74,000 Hectares of lowland forest and swamp approximately 100km (70miles) north east of Ho Chi Minh City and is home to numerous birds and mammals. Cat Tien National Park is one of Vietnam’s most important and largest National Parks.
Its bio-diversity is considerable with over fifty endangered species listed in the Red Book including the Javan Rhinoceros, the Siamese Crocodile and the Indochina Tiger. Of particular interest is its large bird population well over three hundred species have been identified so far. The Orange-necked Partridge is one of the rare bird species that live in the park. The best time for bird watching is from February to April.
Bird fauna – Birding
Situated in the South Vietnamese Lowlands Endemic Bird Area (EBA), Cat Tien national park supports populations of all three bird species that characterised this EBA: Orange-necked Partridge Arborophila davidi, Germain’s Peacock Pheasant Polyplectron germaini and Grey-faced Tit Babbler Macronous kelleyi . Cat Tien is also an important site for the conservation of waterbirds. Among the globally threatened waterbird species that have been recorded at the site are White-shouldered Ibis Pseudibis davisoni, White-winged Duck Cairina scutulata and Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus .
Germain’s Peacock Pheasant, Orange-necked Partridge, Siamese Fireback, Green Peafowl, Wreathed Hornbill, Lesser Adjutant, Woolly-necked Stork, Blue-rumped and Bar-bellied Pittas, Pale-headed and Black-and-buff Woodpeckers, Black-and-red, Banded, Dusky Broadbill, Blyth’s Frogmouth, Grey-faced Tit Babbler.
The Lagerstroemia and Ecological Trails, which begin near the park headquarters, are good places to search for Germain’s Peacock Pheasant and pittas. The Dak Lua road may provide easier birding, especially early in the day when broadbills and Siamese Fireback can be seen. Haven rapid trail is one of good places for broadbills, woodpeckers, barbets.
Jeeps can be rented to the turn off to Bau Sau (Crocodile Lake) and Bau Chim (Bird Lake). Green Peafowl and waterbirds can be seen around these lakes, as well as Siamese Crocodile and, for the fortunate visitor, large mammals such as Gaur. The 5 km trail from the Dak Lua road to Bau Sau is also a good place for Germain’s Peacock Pheasant and pitas.