Birds and reptiles of rural Kanchanaburi - tokey and green tree snake
Tockey locked in a mortal combat with a Green tree snake

Hermit’s cave – Birds and reptiles of rural Thailand

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 the entire country that I have ever seen the Chestnut-winged cuckoo.

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

There are also plenty of Puff-throated bablers, Crested bulbuls, Sooty-headed bulbuls, Strea-eared bulbuls, Black-naped monarchs, Asia paradise flycatchers, Bar-winged flycatcher shrikes, Grey-headed flycatchers, Sulphur-breasted warblers, Inornate warblers, Yellow-browed warblers, Common iora, and Common tailorbirds.

Crested bulbul
Crested bulbul
Blue-naped monarch
Blue-naped monarch
Golden-fronted leafbird
Golden-fronted leafbird
Scarlet minivet
Scarlet minivet

Slightly less common are the Rubby cheeked sunbird, 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

Reptiles

The most colourful 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. 

Garden fence lizard
Garden fence lizard

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

Invertebrates

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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