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CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK

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Area (ha):22,200
Altitude (m):150-656
# Species:276
# Excl Vagrants:276
# Endemics:1
# Near Endemics:2
Species/100 ha:1.2
Habitat: Limestone Forest

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Cuc Phong National Park was Vietnam's first national park, established in 1962. It's located in the foothills of the northern Annamite Range and encompasses lush low-lying mountains and valleys. It receives over 500cm of rain annually. Dry season is from December through April. The rock is primarily limestone, which means there are numerous caves and prehistoric sites. The forest is primarily Limestone evergreen that is home to a number of specialty birds. The primary birding sites are the main road from park headquarters to Bong, forest trails around Bong, and the botanical garden by the gate. The Bong substation is 20km from the park entrance so a vehicle is required to reach it. The main road is especially good in early morning when there is little traffic. The forest trails near Bong are the likeliest places to find pittas, the very difficult to find Red-collared Woodpecker and the local specialty Limestone Wren-Babbler.

LOCATION OF SITE

Cuc Phuong National Park is located 120km south of Ha Noi in northern Vietnam.