Common Tailorbird

Common name: Common Tailorbird

Binomial name: Orthotomus sutorius

Description: A small 10cm songbird from the Cisticolidae family. It is a brightly coloured bird with bright green- brown upperparts and a creamy- white belly. It has short and rounded wings and a sharp bill with a curved tip.

Call: Loud cheeup-cheeup-cheeup

Diet: Insects including beetles, nectar

Habitat: Forest edge, scrub, parkland and urban areas

Native countries: Southeast Asia and Indian sub- continent

IUCN Conservation Red List: Least concern

Fun facts: It is well known for its nest made of leaves “sewn” together, where a stitch is made by piercing two leaves and drawing fibre through them. Rudyard Kipling, of Jungle Book fame has also written about Darzee, a tailorbird in one of his stories “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”.

2019. 9. 26 Taman Melati, Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia
2019. 11. 3 Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore
2019. 11. 3 Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore

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