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Plain-throated Sunbird

Anthreptes malacensis (Scopoli, 1786)

Related taxa:
Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis malacensis Amar-Singh HSS 2020-07-25 Kinta District (near Ipoh), Negeri Perak, Perak (Malaysia) (60 m) adult, male, song -

These are the common calls made by this species and usually repeated in varying frequency – can be rapid in sequence (every second) or 3-5 seconds part. HBW 2020 describes these 2-3 note calls as the ‘song’ and translates them as “sweet-sweet”, or “swit-swit-sweet”. The sonogram is fascinating in its structure, showing far more complexity to the ‘song’ than what we hear with our ears.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

579168
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis convergens Frank Lambert 2012-08-15 Flores, near Labuanbajo, Flores (Indonesia) (10 m) call, male -

Male seen well, calling in hotel garden.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

121711
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis Peter Boesman 2017-02-13 Lower Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo, Sabah (Malaysia) song - [sono] 359558
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis Okamoto Keita Sin 2018-07-09 Borneo Highlands, Sarawak, Sarawak (Malaysia) Call -

ID not 100% certain. Blyth's Hawk-eagle at 23 sec.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

576710
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis Peter Boesman 2014-06-08 Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Selangor (Malaysia) song - [sono] 290922
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis Okamoto Keita Sin 2020-07-07 Kent Ridge Park, Singapore, Singapore (Singapore) (30 m) Call -

A female calling and foraging while a juvenile (following the adult around, capable of foraging on its own; not begging) forages nearby. The juvenile calls just once in between 17-18 second (the call with obviously higher frequency).

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

576712
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis malacensis Albert Noorlander 2019-08-21 Tambon Ko Khwang, Amphoe Mueang Chanthaburi, Chang Wat Chanthaburi, Chanthaburi (Thailand) (0 m) song -

The bird was singing for about 5 minutes in the middle of a 3m high bush.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

497441
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis Somkiat Pakapinyo (Chai) 2018-04-08 Tambon Bang Kaeo, Amphoe Bang Phli, Chang Wat Samut Prakan, Samut Prakan (Thailand) (0 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

415480
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis convergens Frank Lambert 2012-08-15 Flores, near Labuanbajo, Flores (Indonesia) (10 m) call, female -

Female seen well, calling in hotel garden

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

121710
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis Somkiat Pakapinyo (Chai) 2018-04-08 Tambon Bang Kaeo, Amphoe Bang Phli, Chang Wat Samut Prakan, Samut Prakan (Thailand) (0 m) call, song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

415479
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis malacensis Brian Cox 2018-07-02 Siberut Utara, Kabupaten Kepulauan Mentawai, Sumatera Barat, Siberut (Indonesia) (20 m) call -

Other noises are frogs.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

431507
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis malacensis Bruno Durand 2017-03-05 Pedungan, Kota Denpasar, Bali, Bali (mainland) (Indonesia) (0 m) call -

In mangrove

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

358920
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis Bernard BOUSQUET 2017-02-02 Muang Pattaya, Amphoe Bang Lamung, Chang Wat Chon Buri, Chon Buri (Thailand) (20 m) male, song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

581606
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis Peter Boesman 2014-06-08 Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Selangor (Malaysia) call - [sono] 290925
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis Frank Lambert 2012-09-10 Port Dickson, Howes, Negeri Sembilan (Malaysia) (50 m) calls of male (A) - 2nd part of two part recording. Fisrt part is XC109955 109956
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis Somkiat Pakapinyo (Chai) 2017-07-15 Lampang, Mueang Lampang District, Lampang, Lampang (Thailand) (240 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

379920
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis Okamoto Keita Sin 2020-04-09 West Coast Park, Singapore, Singapore (Singapore) Call -

Male

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

575962
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis Frank Lambert 2012-09-10 Port Dickson, Howes, Negeri Sembilan (Malaysia) (50 m) calls of male (A) - 1st part of two part recording 109955
xeno-canto.org
Plain-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis David Farrow ?-?-? ?, Thailand (Thailand) (? m) song (A) -   19615
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis malacensis Arend Wassink 1988-02-16 Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Selangor (Malaysia) (0 m) call, female -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

158733
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis Okamoto Keita Sin 2020-05-07 West Coast Park, Singapore, Singapore (Singapore) (10 m) Call -

A trio of birds with two females and one male. Both sexes made both the rapid call and the nasal sounding upward inflecting call. Only the male did the two note "tui tiu" call (those similar to the call at 1 min 23 sec).

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

576638
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis Peter Boesman 2017-02-11 Lower Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo, Sabah (Malaysia) song -

ID certainty 90%.

359557
xeno-canto.org
Plain-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis David Edwards ?-3-2008 Cat Tien, Lam Dong (Vietnam) (370 m) song (A) -   26267
xeno-canto.org
Brown-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis Okamoto Keita Sin 2020-06-26 Kent Ridge Park, Singapore, Singapore (Singapore) (30 m) Call -

An adult female and shaking its wings, almost like a begging juvenile bird. A behaviour I've not seen before. Did not seem like it was challenging any potential threat and it just flew off eventually.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

576711
xeno-canto.org
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