Little Spiderhunter

Scientific Name: Arachnothera longirostra
Malay Name: Kelicap-Jantung Kecil Biasa
Chinese Name: 长嘴捕蛛鸟

Found from Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: longirostra, sordida, pallida, cinireicollis, zarhina, niasensis, prillwitzi, rothschildi, atita, buettikoferi

Local Subspecies: cinireicollis

Size: 16-16.5 cm

Identification: Adult has slaty-grey head with broken whitish eyering and throat, dark moustachial stripe, yellow belly and dull olive upperparts. Juvenile resembles adult but has yellowish-olive tinged throat.

Similar looking species: Yellow-eared Spiderhunter, Thick-billed Spiderhunter

Habitat: Forest and forest edge.

Behaviour/Ecology: Frequents the lower storey and has a partiality for wild bananas and ginger.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Venus Loop, Lower Pierce Reservoir, Upper Pierce Reservoir, Upper Seletar Reservoir, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park and Pulau Ubin.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore