Distribution / Habitat
The Streaked Spiderhunters are resident (non-migratory) in central and eastern Himalayas and north-east India; specifically occurring in the following countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, north-east India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam.
They occur in broad-leaved evergreen and mixed deciduous forests and secondary growth, in particularly favoring areas with wild bananas, at elevations from 2,700 up to 6,000 feet (820 - 1,830 meters).
Subspecies and Ranges:
- Arachnothera magna magna (Hodgson, 1836) - Nominate race
- Range: Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, eastern Bangladesh and northeastern India east to southern China (southeastern Xizang east to western, southern and southeastern Yunnan, southwestern Guizhou and western Guangxi) and northern Myanmar
- Arachnothera magna aurata Blyth, 1855
- Range: Central and eastern Burma - also known as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar - a country in Southeast Asia
- Arachnothera magna musarum Deignan, 1956
- Range: Southeastern Myanmar, northern Thailand, Laos and western Tonkin - the northernmost part of Vietnam
- Arachnothera magna pagodarum (Deignan, 1956)
- Range: Southern Myanmar, western Thailand and southern Malay Peninsula.
- Arachnothera magna remota (Riley, 1940)
- Range: South central and southern Vietnam
The Streaked Spiderhunters measure 6.7 - 8.1 inches (17 - 20.5 cm) in length (including the tail).
They have very long, down-curved bills and bright orange legs.
The upper plumage is olive-green with bold streaks. The plumage below is paler, but also boldly streaked.
Calls / Vocalizations / Sounds
Alternate (Global) Names
Chinese: 纹背捕蛛鸟 ... Czech: Strdimil ostnitý, strdimil proužkovaný ... Danish: Stribet Edderkoppejæger ... Dutch: Gestreepte Spinnenjager ... Finnish: Viirulukkinen ... French: Arachnothère striée, Grand Arachnotère, Grand Arachnothère ... German: Strichelspinnenjäger, Strichel-Spinnenjäger ... Italian: Cacciaragni striato, Mangiaragni striato ... Japanese: tatejimakumokaridori ... Norwegian: Stripeedderkoppjeger, Stripeederkoppjeger ... Polish: pajecznik kreskowany, pajęcznik kreskowany ... Russian: пестрогрудая нектарница-пауколовка, Полосатая нектарница-пауколовка ... Slovak: pavuciarka ciarkavá, pavučiarka čiarková ... Spanish: Arañera Rayada, Arañero Estriado ... Swedish: Streckad spindeljägare ... Thai: นกปลีกล้วยลาย
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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