An interesting item on the menu

To: "'Carl Clifford'" <>, <>
Subject: An interesting item on the menu
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:10:35 +1100
I saw the same thing in Yunnan province in China in 2009, advertised as
sparrows. What I looked at (only briefly) all seemed homogenous in size and
may have originally been sparrows (Tree Sparrows are common so I assume
likely that they would target common birds) but possibly other things as
well. This is surely not unusual. Whilst it is not nice, it is not
fundamentally worse than eating fish or whatever else. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Carl Clifford
Sent: Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:32 AM
To: <>
Subject: An interesting item on the menu

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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