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Streaked Spiderhunter

Streaked Spiderhunter

Arachnothera magna

The Streaked spiderhunter, a bird of modest size akin to a sparrow, is adorned in an olive yellow plumage, intricately patterned with darker streaks. Its underparts are a paler yellow, similarly streaked with black. A distinctive feature is its long, curved black beak, evolved to suit its nectarivorous diet, complemented by yellow legs that add a subtle contrast to its overall appearance.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify the Streaked spiderhunter, look for its long, down-curved beak and the striking streaked pattern on its yellowish body. The bird's size, comparable to that of a sparrow, and its yellow legs are also key characteristics to note.

Habitat

The Streaked spiderhunter is a denizen of subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and montane forests, where it flits among the verdant foliage.

Distribution

This species graces a range of countries across Asia, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. In India, it is particularly prevalent in the Eastern states.

Behaviour

The Streaked spiderhunter is often observed solitarily or in pairs. Its breeding season spans from March to July, during which it crafts nests from leaves bound with cobwebs, often attached to the underside of a leaf, a testament to its ingenuity.

Diet and Feeding

The wild banana blossom is among the favored nectar sources for the Streaked spiderhunter, a testament to its specialized diet.

Conservation status

The Streaked spiderhunter is currently classified as Least Concern by the IUCN, indicating a stable population within its natural range.

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