Beaks of the Spiderhunters

on 22nd February 2022

Just for the sheer joy of it, I have created a collage of the beaks of 6 of the 7 Spiderhunters present in Peninsular Malaysia. Images have been taken over time. One is a highland species, the Thick-billed Spiderhunter is not shown and I have not included or counted the Purple-naped Sunbird/Spiderhunter.

There are problems with such a collage in terms of perspective (size of the birds) and getting the posture similar.

The birds shown include:
Long-billed Spiderhunter
Little Spiderhunter
Streaked Spiderhunter
Yellow-Eared Spiderhunter
Spectacled Spiderhunter
Grey-breasted Spiderhunter

The Little Spiderhunter has a relatively long bill but not as down-curved as the Long-billed Spiderhunter. While the Spectacled and Streaked Spiderhunters have relatively thicker bills.


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Location: Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth adjacent to limestone outcroppings
Date: 30th November 2020
Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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