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”.