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The little spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra), found in the humid and dense forests of South and Southeast Asia, is named because it hunts and feeds on spiders. The genus name Arachnothera means spider hunter and longirostra refers to the long beak which enables them to extract the insect from its web. But they also consume a host of a other small arthropod prey. The little spider hunter is the smallest of the family. Unlike typical sunbirds, males and females are very similar in plumage and the distinctive long beak sets it apart from other sunbirds. Most breeding occurs in March to September in northeastern India or from December to August in southern India.
Little spiderhunter