The Long-billed Spiderhunter or Arachnothera robusta has the most impressive bill of all spiderhunters. This species is the smallest spiderhunter measuring up to 16 cm in length and can be found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. It is often found in lowland, hill and lower montane forest up to 1,300 m above sea level. This bird has a long, thick, black bill with dark olive-green patternless head, olive green above, yellowish and faintly streaked below, becoming yellow on its abdomen. The tail feathers have pale tips on the underside. [Source: MyBIS]
Today's outing with some friends from KL, Kuala Terengganu and Kuantan, were quite uneventful. There were rarely any birds there, except for the common resident like ochraceous bulbul, mountain peacock-pheasant, white-rumped shama. The weather was a bit chilly and that may explain why there were not many birds around. Perhaps, next time!
Name: Long-billed spiderhunter
Scientific: Arachnothera robusta
Malay: Kelicap Jantong Paroh Panjang / Kelicap Jantung Paruh Panjang / Kelicap-sabit Paruh Panjang
IUCN Red List (v.3.1, 2016): Least Concern
Gear: SONY a1 + SEL200600G
Location: Bukit Tinggi, Pahang
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