I rec'd a pair of these wonderful little birds a couple years back. I'm very pleased with them. I had heard about them years ago, but had lost track of them until about 5 or 6 years back. Anyhow, mine came out of North Carolina. They are suppose to be descendants of birds that came over during the war in the 60s early 70s.
I traveled to Cambodian several times to work in the early years of this century. I was all over the place with lots of different folks. Never saw anything like the Cambodian Asil; I only saw large Malay-type birds around Phnom Penh. Toward Thailand I saw birds that look like Thais; toward Vietnam birds that looked like Ga Don.
Cambodia was devastated by first the Khmer Rouge and then the Vietnamese. Under such a long and drawn out fighting it's a wonder anything survived. Back when I was there I was often the old person working in the village and that was when I was in my 40s! Every now and again you'd run into someone that was in their 60s or 70s but rarely.
Now, I know that Cambodia's history it filled with contact between herself and India. I do not doubt that my little Cambodian Asil are truly Asil, but I'd like confirmation that they are (not that I'll stop breeding them). I'd also like more information about them from the Cambodian side: I know the American side.
I would not be surprised to discover that the Cambodian Asil only exist today outside of Cambodia.