Dorsal view of a bird perched on a flower.

Dorsal view of a bird perched on a flower.
Species: Little Spiderhunter   Arachnothera longirostra
Subspecies: cinereicollis
Author: John and Jemi Holmes
Added to IBC: 1 Oct 2012 - 06:53
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Altitude (m): 
1035 meters


Published in HBW Volume 13 on page 209.
Original HBW caption:
The ten species of spiderhunter are all placed in the genus Arachnothera. Unlike the more widespread sunbirds, spiderhunters occur only in tropical Asia. Morphologically, the genus is rather homogeneous. All species are rather stocky and most are considerably larger than most sunbirds: the heaviest spiderhunter weighs as much as twelve times the lightest sunbird on record. The bill of the spiderhunters is long or very long, as in the case of the Little Spiderhunter, and is at least twice the head length. It is decurved and rather deep-based, narrowing only gradually towards the tip; there is a basal ridge between the two nostrils. The Little Spiderhunter is one of four members of its genus to have pectoral tufts.

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John and Jemi Holmes, IBC1008576. Accessible at

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John and Jemi Holmes, IBC1008576. Photo of Little Spiderhunter Arachnothera longirostra at Fraser's Hill, Peninsular Malaysia. Accessible at

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