Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster)


French: Arachnothère à lunettes German: Brillenspinnenjäger Spanish: Arañero de anteojos

Anthreptes flavigaster


, 1839,



Proposed race simillima (from Malacca, in SW Malay Peninsula) considered inseparable from birds elsewhere in species’ range. Monotypic.


S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo; recently recorded in extreme S Myanmar#R.

Descriptive notes

21–22 cm; three adult males 44·4–49 g, one female 38·4 g. Has long, thick, curved bill. Plumage is mostly olive, more greenish above, and more... read more


High-pitched “chit-chit”; from perch or in flight an explosive “tak”,... read more


Lowland dipterocarp forest, peat­­swamp-forest and secondary forest, forest edge, clearings... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, spiders (Araneae), pollen, fruit and nectar. Forages singly, occasionally in pairs; sometimes in small groups at fruit. Usually in... read more


In Malay Peninsula, nest-building in Feb, copulation seen mid-Apr, laying calculated as Mar, Jun, Sept and Nov; laying in Apr (and birds... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon in Malay ­Peninsula, where has possibly increased in S; extirpated from Singapore main island. Not uncommon in Sumatra... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster). 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).