Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)


French: Grand Arachnothère German: Strichelspinnenjäger Spanish: Arañero estriado

Cinnyris magna


, 1836,



Geographical variation mostly not well marked; race pagodarum subsumed within musarum by some authors#R. Race aurata intergrades with musarum in S Myanmar (Karen Hills). Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. m. magna (Hodgson, 1836) – Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, E Bangladesh and NE India E to S China (SE Xizang E to W, S & SE Yunnan, SW Guizhou and W Guangxi) and N Myanmar.
  • A. m. aurata Blyth, 1855 – C & E Myanmar.
  • A. m. musarum Deignan, 1956 – SE Myanmar, N Thailand, Laos and N Vietnam (W Tonkin).
  • A. m. pagodarum Deignan, 1956 – S Myanmar, W Thailand and S Malay Peninsula.
  • A. m. remota Riley, 1940 – SC & S Vietnam and E Cambodia.
  • Descriptive notes

    17–20·5 cm; male 28–34·5g, female 23·9 g. Nominate race is golden yellowish-olive with black streaking above, tail tipped buff and with... read more


    Song begins as soft “vijvitte vij”, then accelerating and becoming monotonous. Calls include sharp... read more


    Various types of forest, including heavily disturbed and secondary forests, also forest edge,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar, particularly of bananas (Musa); insects, and spiders (Araneae). Forages singly, sometimes in pairs; sometimes joins mixed-... read more


    Laying recorded in Mar–Jul in India and Apr and Jul–Aug in Myanmar; nest-building late Feb, Mar and Sept, eggs and nestlings... read more


    Seasonal altitudinal movements in N parts of range. At least 22 birds seen moving along a ridge on... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common in NE Indian Subcontinent, and frequent in parts of Bhutan; common in much of SE Asian range, but locally not uncommon... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2020). Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna). 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 23 January 2020).