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Common Tailorbird Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
GPS: 13.7N, 100.5E, elev=12' MAP
Date: January 14, 2011
ID : B13K6702 [4896 x 3264]

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SPECIES INFO

at Hodal in Faridabad District of Haryana, India.

The Common Tailorbird, Orthotomus sutorius, is an Old World warbler. This tailorbird is a resident breeder in tropical south Asia from Pakistan and India to south China, and Indonesia. It has also been spotted in Great Britain.

Nest in Hyderabad, India.

This passerine bird is typically found in open woodland, scrub and gardens. Tailorbirds get their name from the way their nest is constructed. The edges of a large leaf are pierced and sewn together with plant fibre or spider's web to make a cradle in which the actual grass nest is built. The Common Tailorbird builds its nest in a shrub and lays 3"?5 eggs.

Call

These 13-cm-long warblers are brightly coloured, with bright green upperparts and whitish underparts. The crown of the head is chestnut. They have short rounded wings, a short tail, strong legs and a long decurved bill. The tail is typically held upright, like a wren's.

The sexes are identical, except that the male has long central tail feathers in the breeding season. Young birds are duller.

There are two endemic races in Sri Lanka which retain the male's long tail feathers all year.

Like most warblers, the Common Tailorbird is insectivorous. The song is a loud cheeup-cheeup-cheeup.

In culture

"Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", a short story by Rudyard Kipling, features a tailorbird. So does "Tuntuni'r Boi", children's verses in Bengali by Upendrakishore Ray.





                                     



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