Nature Trail Detail

Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

It is a bird that stands out in both appearance and sound. Its body is all black, about the size of Mynas, and above its beak has a pinch of feathers that forms a small crest. The most outstanding part is its tail, which has a hard stalk that extends from the end of the tail. There is a small black spiral feathers, that look like a stick dulcimer. When a bird flies into the air, it can be seen as a streak like an insect flying after the bird.

Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo is a talented singer. Besides, it has a beautiful voice. They can also imitate the sounds of birds and other animals for their vantage. For example, imitates the beautiful voices of other birds for mating, imitates the sounds of predatory such as hawks to repel them, or sometimes even imitate the sound of cats. We always see a pair of Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo both sexes look the same. Often hold onto tall trees, making sounds, especially in the morning and evening. They eat insects, swooping in to catch insects such as cicadas, crickets, grasshoppers, or butterflies in the bushes and tall trees. Sometimes other birds gather in large flocks to catch insects for food.

Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo is a brave bird, not afraid of other birds especially, during building a nest. Their mates will protect their squab in the nest, swooping and attacking those threats such as hawks, snakes, squirrels, or humans. Greater Racquet-tailed Drong was found only in areas where the environment is suitable with plentifully large trees for the birds to forage and build nests. It is one of the most colorful birds in nature. We can find this bird in the area of a large tree.


Garden Crested lizard (Calotes versicolor)

Red-headed lizard

We had the chance to find lizards with reddish-orange heads along the bushes, the edge of the walls, and along the resort's fence. It nodded its head up and down as if wanted all eyes to look at it. It is Garden Crested lizard.

It is a small lizard. The whole body is covered with scales. It has long slender arms and legs, and the fingertips have long nails. The body size from the mouth to the bottom is about 10 centimeters, and from the mouth to the tip of the tail is about 37 centimeters. Overall, it can be seen that the head is large compared to the body, small circles of ears are next to the eyeballs, and above the ears are 2 groups of small spines. There are small spines orderly from the occiput along the spine and shrink when it is close to the tail. It can change the color of its body to lighten or darken quickly. Usually brown or greenish brown. Around the eyes, there is a radius of black lines. There is a white stripe parallel to the body, dark stripe across the body blends with the color of the tree trunk or the color of the grass. The interesting of this type of lizard is in mating season. The color of the male will change, some parts of head and body. It turns orange or reddish-orange, dotted with black spots in the inner of the legs. Besides, the color change this beautiful male climbs up a tree trunk, wall, or pillar nodding its head or body up and down so that females can see. It is clear that ready to mate. The female will dig the soil to lay about 10-20 eggs, taking 6-7 weeks to hatch into a little lizard.


Water monitor (Varanus salvator)

Monitor Lizard

Along the canal or water, we have a chance to find "Water monitor." It is a big animal that has four short legs but strong, fingertips have sharp claws. The skin is covered with small scales. The upper body is black. The parts under the belly, arms, and legs are white or yellowish-white. There are golden yellow circle stripes across the body. They are unable to change skin color according to the environment. The long tail is large, length from the tip of the mouth to the tip of the tail. Adult weight can reach about 300 centimeters in length. It has a bifurcated tongue tip. It will stick out its tongue to get temperature and smell. It helps to precisely recognize the direction of the prey.

Water monitor lives near water both freshwater and saltwater, excellent swimmers, diving, and finding aquatic animals or carcasses. Using strong claws to climb trees to find small animals such as bird eggs and squabs. In nature, Water monitor lives alone unlike human. The male will mate with the female during the mating season. The female will lay eggs during the rainy season. It will find a sunny, dig a hole to lay eggs, and let the young hatch without taking care of them.

Water monitor is not harm animal, if meet them by chance, they will flee, lie still, or pretend to be dead. Water monitor will fight only when it is at bay by bending their neck, extending their neck and body, making a threatening sound, and thwacking the tail. It has no venom, but its mouth was full of diseases.

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