Species Details

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Common Tailorbird Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Orthotomus sutorius
Family : Cisticolidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Villages, Bushes
Description : Common Tailorbird are tiny birds with upright tails. Their upperbody is greenish with a brown head region. The lowerbody is whitish. The common tailorbird, a passerine bird species, is typically encountered in diverse habitats such as open farmland, scrublands, forest edges, and gardens. They derive their name from their unique nest-building behavior. Using plant fiber or spider silk, they sew the edges of a large leaf together, creating a cradle-like structure for their actual nest.

Similar to most warblers, tailorbirds have an insectivorous diet. They emit a distinctive loud cheeup-cheeup-cheeup song, which varies slightly among different populations. Their calls, consisting of two syllables, are repeated frequently. Tailorbirds are often found alone or in pairs, usually in the lower parts of undergrowth or trees, occasionally hopping on the ground. They forage for insects and are known to consume a variety of beetles and bugs. They are particularly attracted to insects found on flowers, with a preference for mango inflorescences. They also visit the flowers of Bombax and Salmalia for nectar, sometimes getting covered in pollen, giving them a golden-headed appearance.

During the non-breeding season, tailorbirds roost individually, but during the breeding season, they may roost side-by-side, occasionally with the recently fledged juvenile positioned between the adults. They select roost sites consisting of thin twigs on trees, preferably with overhead cover. These roosting sites are often in close proximity to human habitation and artificial lighting.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Zarin Tasnim,Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Paresh Gosavi(www.xeno-canto.org/Paresh Gosavi), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.