Javan Mynas harassing a monitor lizard

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In October 2010, Sun Chong Hong posted an account of a Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) confronting a Clouded Monitor Lizard (Varanus nebulosus) in the grounds of his condominium. Unfortunately he did not have his camera close by then and thus failed to video the encounter. This time he was ready and the video clip below documents the exciting encounter.

As Chong Hong wrote: “On the 27th January at about 5 pm, while looking out of my window, I saw the Clouded Monitor Lizard again with a few Javan Mynas on the grass slope where they usually forage. This time I was better prepared. I quickly grabbed my camera and rushed downstairs to take up a good position in anticipation of the actions. I was not to be disappointed.

“Note: The length of the Clouded Monitor Lizard is now revised to 1m. Either it has grown longer since the last time its length was estimated, or that the new video allowed me a more accurate measurement when it started its climb up the tree.”

Sun Chong Hong
Singapore
8th February 2011

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5 Responses

  1. […] WVMY at Bird Ecology Study Group […]

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  2. Exciting, indeed!!!

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  3. […] “It was a hot afternoon at about 3.35pm on 27 Dec 2015. From my apartment I caught hold of the sight of an Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus) foraging on the grass slope, where a Clouded Monitor used to roam a few years ago – HERE and HERE. […]

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  4. I was wondering – was the lizard after the eggs or hatchlings of the myna and that is why the myna was trying to distract it ?

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  5. Most likely.

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