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see sunbirdsunbird,
common name for tropical, Old World birds, including more than one hundred species in the family Nectariniidae. Like the unrelated New World hummingbirds, to which sunbirds are often compared, sunbirds have long and slender, highly curved bills, tube-shaped tongues, and
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The observed movement of a little spiderhunter, not its call, is more usually the omen as the species is neither secretive nor likely to be confused with any other: the disproportionate length of its beak and correspondingly top-heavy appearance guarantee that.
The other spiderhunter on the Dusun list is the thick-billed species, known from its call as sancag.
Whereas the little spiderhunter is almost invariably a bird to be sighted, the tailorbird is exclusively for hearing.
The little spiderhunter (sasat) comes into its own chiefly for journeying, being used if it flies past or around you close to your head, but not high above your head.
Lastly, in connection with ranggong involving tailorbirds, two combinations with the little spiderhunter have been pointed out to us: (a) layod on either side, followed by a sasat seen meeting you on your right (flying from left to right) is a very good omen; (b) sarak on either side, followed by a sasat meeting you on your left (flying from right to left) is bad in the same measure.
Copper-throated Sunbird Nectarinia calcostetha Olive-backed Sunbird Nectarinia jugularis Crimson Sunbird Aethopyga siparaja Scarlet Sunbird Aethopyga temminckii Little Spiderhunter Arachnothera longirostra Thick-billed Spiderhunter Arachnothera crassirostris Long-billed Spiderhunter Arachnothera robusta Spectacled Spiderhunter Arachnothera flavigaster ?