Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Whitehead's Spiderhunter (Arachnothera juliae)


French: Arachnothère de Whitehead German: Bergspinnenjäger Spanish: Arañero de Whitehead

Arachnothera juliae


, 1887,

Mount Kinabalu, north Borneo




Borneo: in Sarawak (Mt Dulit, Mt Kalulong, Mt Murud, Mt Selidang, Usun Apau Plateau, Kelabit Uplands and Mt Mulu), Sabah (Mt Kinabalu, Mt Trus Madi and Crocker Range) and Kalimantan Utara (upper R Bahau and Mt Lanjut).

Descriptive notes

Male 16·5–18 cm, female 15·5–16·5 cm. Plumage is mainly brown, crown streaked buffy white, neck and back narrowly streaked white, rump plain bright yellow; throat... read more


High-pitched squeaking song. Calls include repeated loud shrieking in flight or when perched, and... read more


Hill dipterocarp forest and montane forest, and forest edge; 930–3000 m.

Food and feeding

Small arthropods, berries and nectar. Forages singly and in pairs, and occasionally in groups of up to five individuals; sometimes... read more


Active nest in canopy in Mar, and males with active testes in Jun and Nov. Another nest found in Aug 2012 at Mt Mulu, Sarawak, contained no... read more


Nothing recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Formerly considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bornean Mountains EBA. Locally common. Possibly occurs on... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Whitehead's Spiderhunter (Arachnothera juliae). 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 13 December 2019).