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Photo © by the late Dr Manjeet Singh
Selangor, Malaysia, December 2008
Arachnothera modesta


17–18 cm (6½-7 in)

  • Golden olive-green upperparts
  • Brownish feathering on crown
  • Blackis-brown remiges



Endemic to Southeast Asia: found in Indochina, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra (but probably not in Sabah[1])



There are 4 subspecies[2]:

  • A. m. caena:
  • A. m. modesta:
  • A. m. concolor:
  • A. m. pars:


Peat-swamp and secondary forests, dry coastal forests, coastal scrub and forest edges.



Their diet consists mostly of spiders and other insects such as ants and crickets. They also eat nectar.


  1. birdforum thread discussing taxonomy and range of this species
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  3. Avibase
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)

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