Giant Ibis (Pseudibis gigantea)
IUCN Red List: Critically Endangered CITES Appendix (Not Listed)
Last stand in Cambodia
However, they believed that the birds must have flown from Cambodia's Mondolkiri province where a globally significant remaining population of probably less than 500 individuals is making its last stand.
Another noteworthy find was of a sizable population of the Giant Ibis in Chhep district of Phreah Vihear province, deep in the heart of Cambodia's northern plains, by the team from Wildlife Conservation Society.
First ever photographs
They were also able to take the first ever photographs of this rare birds, by setting up remote camera traps in the open deciduous forests and at water holes.
The Giant Ibis is critically endangered with just a tiny declining population as a result of habitat loss, hunting, disturbance and lowland deforestation. Conservation efforts is very crucial to protect this jewel of the dry forests before it is too late when the last known bird disappears from our planet.