Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Naked-faced Spiderhunter (Arachnothera clarae) - HBW 13, p. 318

French: Arachnothère à face nue German: Nacktwangen-Spinnenjäger Spanish: Arañero Caricalvo
Other common names: Bare-faced/Philippine Spiderhunter

Taxonomy: Arachnothera clarae A. W. H. Blasius, 1890, Davao, Mindanao, Philippines.
Birds on Basilan, currently included in race malindangensis, possibly belong to an as yet undescribed race. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • luzonensis Alcasid & Gonzales, 1968 - EC & S Luzon (Sierra Madre Mts and Mt Isarog), in N Philippine Is.
  • philippinensis (Steere, 1890) - Samar, Biliran and Leyte, in EC Philippines.
  • malindangensis Rand & Rabor, 1957 - N & W Mindanao (including Mt Malindang) and Basilan, in S Philippines.
  • clarae A. W. H. Blasius, 1890 - C Mindanao (Davao).

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