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Brown-throated Sunbird Anthreptes malacensis malacensis   - Adult male
Brown-throated Sunbird
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 3 October 2017
English synonyms:Plain-throated Sunbird, Grey-throated Sunbird (griseigularis)
Bird Family :Nectariniini - Sunbirds & Spiderhunters
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Some comments on plumage of the male. One feature that is hard to spot is the pectoral tufts. Unlike the Olive-backed Sunbird where the pectoral tufts are orange & spotted occasionally, the Brown-throated Sunbird had bright yellow tufts that blend-in with the yellow of the breast, rarely extended.The ‘brown’ throat is bordered by metallic strips. Cheke & Mann 2017 states “chin and throat pale pinkish-brown with lateral border of metallic purple” and Wells 2007 “throat dull liver” “malar-streak of metallic violet that turns metallic green… at base of neck”. I have always found the throat to be more pink-red than brown. The malar-streak actually has two brighter sections – near the bill and when it reaches the base of the neck; in between it is duller. But the whole strip can look dull in certain postures/lighting.
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