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Spectacled Spiderhunter

Common name for a species of passerine bird with the scientific designation Arachnothera flavigaster. It belongs to the family Nectariniidae, which also encompasses Sunbirds, a similar bird species yet with shorter bills. Adult Spectacled Spiderhunters have olive backs and brownish wings, with some darker colouring towards the lower back, wing tips and tail, a blackish, thick, broad-based bill that curves downward, a broad yellow eyering, and a prominent yellow ear-patch. It is similar to the Yellow-eared Spiderhunter, but with 21.5 to 22 centimeter somewhat larger than the former which is around 18 centimeters tall, has a thinner eyering, a drooping eye-patch, and a slenderer bill. The Spectacled Spiderhunter is often found feeding on the nectar of the Flame of the Forest (fig.), which it can easily reach with its long, downward-curved bill that can reach deep into these large flowers. In Thai, it is known as nok plih kluay hoo leuang yai (นกปลีกล้วยหูเหลืองใหญ่), literally large yellow-eared banana inflorescence (fig.) bird. See also List of Thai Animal Names.