Thick-billed Spiderhunter

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Scientific Name: Arachnothera crassirostris
Malay Name: Kelicap-Jantung Paruh Tebal
Chinese Name: 厚嘴捕蛛鸟

Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo


Size: 16.5-17 cm

Adult resembles Little Spiderhunter but has thicker bill, greyish-olive throat and upper breast, broken yellowish eyering and no white tail-tip. Juvenile has greyer underparts.

Similar looking species: Little Spiderhunter, Yellow-eared Spiderhunter

Habitat: Forest, forest edge and secondary growth.

Behaviour/Ecology: Frequents canopy and upper mid-stratum of forest, making observation difficult.

Local Status: Very rare resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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Past accepted records in our database:

BirdLife International. (2016). Arachnothera crassirostris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.