Thick-billed Spiderhunter

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Scientific Name: Arachnothera crassirostris

Malay Name: Kelicap-Jantung Paruh Tebal

Chinese Name: 厚嘴捕蛛鸟

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 16.5-17 cm

Identification: 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: Former resident and very rare visitor

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.


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.

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