Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-eared Spiderhunter (Arachnothera chrysogenys)


Taxonomy

French: Arachnothère à joues jaunes German: Gelbwangen-Spinnenjäger Spanish: Arañero carigualdo
Taxonomy:

Nectarinia chrysogenys

Temminck

, 1826,

Bantam district, Java

.

Additional proposed races are astilpna (described from Bokpyin, in Tenasserim), intensiflava (Kossoom, Tenasserim), copha (Tapanuli Bay, in NW Sumatra), pleoxantha (Mt Lembu, on Nias I) and isopega (Pagai Is, off W Sumatra), all considered inseparable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. c. chrysogenys (Temminck, 1826) – Extreme S Myanmar (S Tenasserim), S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Riau and Lingga Archipelagos, Sumatra and most satellites, W Borneo and W Java.
  • A. c. harrissoni Deignan, 1957 – E Borneo.
  • Descriptive notes

    17–18 cm; 22–23·5 g. Male nominate race has head and upperparts olive-green, suffused golden on mantle, becoming brighter on rump, with large yellow cheek patch... read more

    Voice

    Rough “chit”; flight call high-pitched “twit-twit-twit-twee-ee”, last note protracted.

    Habitat

    Various forest types, including peatswamp-forest, mangroves and secondary forest, forest edge, also... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, spiders (Araneae); nectar, pollen and small fruits. Forages singly, sometimes in pairs, and occasionally in small groups, mostly... read more

    Breeding

    Laying in Jan, Apr and May in Malay Peninsula, May–Jun in S Sumatra (Lampung) and Dec in Java; in Borneo, laying in Feb–Mar in... read more

    Movements

    None recorded. May cross water to and from Singapore.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common in S Myanmar and Malay Peninsula; rare in Singapore; local and uncommon in Sumatra; rare in Java and very scarce in Borneo.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Yellow-eared Spiderhunter (Arachnothera chrysogenys). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60094 on 19 September 2019).