Hermit’s cave – Part II

Tokay gecko and a green tree snake locked in mortal combat

Tokay gecko and a green tree snake locked in mortal combat

Unlike mammals that are shy and primarily nocturnal, birds and reptiles are much easier to see in their native habitat and the Old Abbot’s cave provides plenty of habitat for a wide range of species of both groups. It is the only place in entire country that I have ever seen the Chestnut-winged cuckoo (Cculus sparverioides).

Some of the species commonly seen at the mountain are: Rufous treepie, Black treepie, Sprangled drongo, Gray drongo, Rachet-tail drongo, Bronzed drongo, Green-billed malkoha, Common Asian koel and Greater coucal.

Black treepie

Black treepie

Rufous treepie

Rufus treepie

Racket-tail drongo

Racket-taile drongo

Sprangeled drongo

Sprangeled drongo

Puff-throated babler, Crested bulbul, Sooty-headed bulbul, Strea-eared bulbul, Black-naped monarch, Asia paradise flycatcher, Bar-winged flycatcher shrike, Grey-headed flycatcher, Sulphur-breasted warbler, Inornate warbler, Yellow-browed warbler and Common tailorbird.

Crested bulbul

Crested bulbul

Blue-naped monarch

Blue-naped monarch

Golden-fronted leafbird

Golden-fronted leafbird

Scarlet minivet

Scarlet minivet

Rubby cheeked sunbird, Common iora, Golden-fronted leafbird, Scarlet minivet, scarlet-backed flowerpecker, Woods wagtail, Rufous woodpecker, the rare Limestone babbler, Lesser necklaced laughing thrush and Collared owlet.

Lesser necklaced laughingthrush

Lesser necklaced laughingthrush

Lesser necklaced laughingthrush chick

Lesser necklaced laughingthrush chick

Collared owlet

Collared owlet

Limestone wren-babbler

Limestone wren-babbler

Puff-throated babbler

Puff-throated babbler

Garden fence lizard

Garden fence lizard

The most colorful reptiles on the mountain are the Green whip snake and Mustached or Blue-crested lizard, though the Garden fence or Changeable lizard can sometimes display some surprising colours during the breeding season. The other common reptiles are Cave-dwelling snake, Green tree snake, Mountain bronzeback, Monocellate cobra, Kanburi pit-viper,  Butterfly lizard, Speckled forest lizard, Tokay lizards, Spiny-tailed, fat-tailed and Siamese leaf-toed gecko.

 

 

 

 

 

Green whip-snake

Green whip-snake

Blue-crested lizard

Blue-crested lizard

Crested fence lizard

Crested fence lizard

Speckled forest skink

Speckled forest skink

Mountain bronzeback

Mountain bronzeback

No tropical ecosystem is without its fair share of invertebrates and the Abbot’s mountain is no exception.

Rhinoceros fighting beetle

Rhinoceros fighting beetle

Superbug

Superbug

Poisonous leaf bug

Poisonous leaf bug

Butterflies congregating on a patch of wet ground

Butterflies congregating on a patch of wet ground

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Mountain crab

Mountain crab

Frangipani flower

Frangipani flower

 

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