It is similar in size to a sparrow. It is olive yellow in color, with multiple darker streaks. It has a long, curved black beak and yellow legs. Below, it is pale yellow streaked with black. Its beak is specially adapted for a nectar diet.
Distribution and habitat
It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. In India, it is found in the Eastern Indian states. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and montane forest.
This species can be found alone or in pairs. The nesting season is from March to July. The nest is usually made of leaves that are tied together with cobwebs, and they are found attached to the reverse side of a leaf.
It feeds on the nectar of flowers such as the wild banana blossom.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Arachnothera magna". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012: e.T22718128A40678922. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2012-1.RLTS.T22718128A40678922.en. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
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- Grewal, Bikram (2000). Birds of the Indian Subcontinent. India: Local Colour Limited. p. 137.