An interesting item on the menu

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Subject: An interesting item on the menu
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 07:31:47 +0700
I have just spent a week in Siem Reap, Cambodia. When birding one day in an 
adjoining town, I stopped for lunch at a roadside stall. One of the offerings 
on their carte de jour was "birds". I asked my driver what the "birds" were, 
and he said that they were wild birds caught in the forest and fields and asked 
the owner to show me some. Sure enough, there on a tray were the poor sad 
little plucked carcasses of birds ranging from sparrow to thrush size. 
Unfortunately, I am not much chop on identifying birds without plumage. I 
declined the offering and had the fish instead. Next day, I saw a restaurant in 
town offering "Khmer birds". I presume they were the same.

I wondered why the birding was a bit slow around Siem Reap town.

Carl Clifford
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