Yellow-eared Spiderhunter

Scientific Name: Arachnothera chrysogenys
Malay Name: Kelicap-Jantung Telinga Berus
Chinese Name: 小黄耳捕蛛鸟

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

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: Thick-billed Spiderhunter, Little 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: Very rare resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong. Last sighting was at Central Catchment Forest (Dillenia Hut) on 23 Nov 2014.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2