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Subspecies hypogrammicum
Photo © by Jason Bugay Reyes
Sepilok, Sabah, Borneo, July 2012

Alternative name: Purple-naped Spiderhunter

Kurochkinegramma hypogrammicum

Arachnothera hypogrammicum ; Hypogramma hypogrammicum (but Hypogramma cannot be used for a bird as it had been used in Lepidoptera).


Female, Subspecies nuchale
Photo © by Oregonian
Poring Hot Springs, Kinabalu National Park, Sabah, Malaysia, May 2011

12·7–15 cm (5-6 in)

  • Green overall plumage
  • Bright green streaking on underparts


Asia: found in China
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Singapore, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Natuna Islands.


Kurochkinegramma hypogrammicum is the only species in the genus Kurochkinegramma.


There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • K. h. lisettae:
  • K. h. mariae:
  • K. h. nuchale:
  • K. h. hypogrammicum:
  • K. h. natunense:
  • North Natuna Islands (South China Sea)


They can be found in various forested habitats, including peat swamp forests, second growth and plantations.



Their main diet consists of insects and spiders in addition to nectar, fruits and seeds. They usually feed below 5m.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2018)

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