Yellow-eared Spiderhunter

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Scientific Name: Arachnothera chrysogenys

Malay Name: Kelicap-Jantung Telinga Berus

Chinese Name: 小黄耳捕蛛鸟

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra, Java and Borneo.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: chrysogenys, harrissoni.

Local Subspecies: chrysogenys

Size: 18 cm

Identification: Adult has olive upperparts, yellow underparts with dark breast streaks, incomplete yellow eyering and a distinctive yellow drooping splayed ear patch. Juvenile is smaller and lack the ear patch.

Similar looking species: Little Spiderhunter, Thick-billed Spiderhunter

Habitat: Forest, forest edge and secondary growth.

Behaviour/Ecology: Frequents the forest canopy but will occasionally descend to feed on flowering shrubs.

Local Status: Former resident and very rare visitor

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Past records in our database:

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BirdLife International. (2016). Arachnothera chrysogenys. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.

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