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Common Tailorbird

Orthotomus sutorius

Description:

The common tailorbird is a songbird found across tropical Asia. Popular for its nest made of leaves "sewn" together and immortalized by Rudyard Kipling in his Jungle Book, it is a common resident in urban gardens. Although shy birds that are usually hidden within vegetation, their loud calls are familiar and give away their presence. They are distinctive in having a long upright tail, greenish upper body plumage and rust coloured forehead and crown. This passerine bird is typically found in open farmland, scrub, forest edges 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 silk to make a cradle in which the actual nest is built. Like most warblers, the common tailorbird is insectivorous. The song is a loud cheeup-cheeup-cheeup with variations across the populations. The disyllabic calls are repeated often.

Habitat:

Bharatpur - Dec 2014

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Common Tailorbird
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2 Comments

marirs
marirs 6 years ago

Thank you SukanyaDatta

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

This is a Tailor bird.

marirs
Spotted by
marirs

Rajasthan, India

Spotted on Dec 25, 2014
Submitted on Jan 1, 2015

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