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

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: Very rare resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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

BirdLife International. (2016). Arachnothera chrysogenys. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.
Wells, D. (1999). Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula. Academic Press.