Common Tailorbird

The Orthotomus sutorius (scientific name) or common tailorbird is native to the tropical parts of Asia. 4.0-5.5 inches in length, this bird has an olive-green plumage on the upper parts, with a rufous-coloured crown. The underparts, including the chest and belly, are white. It has a long tail, short rounded wings and strong legs. The beak is thin, long and curved slightly downwards. Its diet is comprised mostly of insects. An average clutch-size has 3 eggs which are incubated for 12 days. A unique feature of this bird is its nest, which is made of leaves that are ‘sewn’ together, with plant fibre or spider silk to create a cradle-like shape. Its IUCN listing is the LEAST CONCERN.

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