(Photo by Suppalak
fame, amongst birdwatchers, has been brought to a simple,
wooden restaurant at Pha Gluai Mai campsite, in Khao
Yai national park, by the regular visits of Coral-billed
Ground Cuckoo foraging for food scraps. This rather unusual
situation is perhaps appropriate given the strange and charismatic
appearance of the bird.
to Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, Coral-billed Ground
Cuckoo is endemic to Southeast Asia and whilst its conservation
status is listed as "least concern", sightings are
seldom reported from anywhere outside of Khao Yai. The species'
secretive ground-dwelling lifestyle make Coral-billed Ground
Cuckoo a chellenging bird to find away from the Khao Yai stake-out,
meaning that it is probably under recorded making it difficult
to assess its population accurately. However, it is likely
to suffer from hunting in some areas and in some parts of
its range there is evidence of population decline.