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Subspecies longirostra
Photo by drjpmenon
KMTR, Western Ghats, India, July 2017
Arachnothera longirostra


Size 13.5-16 cm (5.3-6.25 in)

  • Long, stout, de-curved bill
  • Olive upperparts
  • White throat and breast
  • Yellow belly

The male has a tuft of orange feathers under the wings which only visible in flight


Photo by arian001
Mandai Orchid Garden, Singapore

Himalayas and India to south east Asia and Indonesia.


Pale Spiderhunter and Orange-tufted Spiderhunter were formerly included in this species.


9 subspecies accepted[1]:


Forests, scrub vegetation, mangroves and coastal scrub.



They forage singly and in pairs for nectar, spiders and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2017)
  3. BF member observations

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