A close look at the Spectacled Spiderhunter

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“An inexplicable encounter, where this Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster) allowed very close observations.

“The above is a close up the face and shows the black eyelid-rims, dark brown iris and reddish base of lower mandible (Wells 2007). Note the broad and uniform eye ring, said to be “primrose-yellow” (Wells 2007). Note the continuation of the mouth margin with a raised, but separate section of the eye ring. Close-up and in bright light the yellow ear-covert patch blends in with the yellow of upper breast and yellow-olive of the throat and head.

“The above is the bird in full view.

“A view from the back and to show the bright orange feet (above).

“The above shows the end on view of the face.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
1st November 2014

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Mixed secondary and primary jungle

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