Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Naked-faced Spiderhunter (Arachnothera clarae)


French: Arachnothère à face nue German: Nacktwangen-Spinnenjäger Spanish: Arañero caricalvo

Arachnothera clarae

A. W. H. Blasius

, 1890,

Davao, Mindanao, Philippines


Birds on Basilan, currently included in race malindangensis, possibly belong to an as yet undescribed race. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. c. luzonensis Alcasid & Gonzales, 1968 – EC & S Luzon (Sierra Madre Mts and Mt Isarog), in N Philippine Is.
  • A. c. philippinensis (Steere, 1890) – Samar, Biliran and Leyte, in EC Philippines.
  • A. c. malindangensis Rand & Rabor, 1957 – N & W Mindanao (including Mt Malindang) and Basilan, in S Philippines.
  • A. c. clarae A. W. H. Blasius, 1890 – C Mindanao (Davao).
  • Descriptive notes

    17·2 cm; 27·5–34·8 g. Very long-billed. Nominate race has lores and area around eye dark grey, bare skin in front of eye dark grey, naked submoustachial patch pinkish;... read more


    Loud, raspy “serp-rp-rp-rp-rp-rp-rp”, repeated a varying number of times, up to 15 per minute; very... read more


    Forest, forest edge and scrub and clearings, particularly around plantains (Musa); to... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information on diet; presumably includes nectar and small arthropods. Observed singly and in pairs.


    Birds with active gonads in Jan–May. No further information.


    Nothing recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon.

    Recommended citation

    Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Naked-faced Spiderhunter (Arachnothera clarae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 September 2019).