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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sylviidae
Genus: Orthotomus
Horsfield, 1821
O. metopias
O. moreaui
O. cuculatus
O. sutorius
O. heterolaemus
O. atrogularis
O. castaneiceps
O. frontalis
O. derbianus
O. sericeus
O. ruficeps
O. sepium
O. samarensis
O. nigriceps
O. cinereiceps

Tailorbirds are small birds belonging to the genus Orthotomus of the Old World warbler family Sylviidae. They occur in the Old World tropics, principally in Asia.

These warblers are usually brightly coloured, with green or grey uppperparts and yellow white or grey underparts. They often have chestnut on the head.

Tailorbirds have short rounded wings, short tails, strong legs and long curved bills. The tail is typically held upright, like a wren. They are 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 species are:

  • African Tailorbird, Orthotomus metopias
    Long-billed Tailorbird, Orthotomus moreaui
    Mountain Tailorbird, Orthotomus cuculatus
    Common Tailorbird, Orthotomus sutorius
    Rufous-headed Tailorbird, Orthotomus heterolaemus
    Dark-necked Tailorbird, Orthotomus atrogularis
    Philippine Tailorbird, Orthotomus castaneiceps
    Rufous-fronted Tailorbird, Orthotomus frontalis
    Grey-backed Tailorbird, Orthotomus derbianus
    Rufous-tailed Tailorbird, Orthotomus sericeus
    Ashy Tailorbird, Orthotomus ruficeps
    Olive-backed Tailorbird, Orthotomus sepium
    Yellow-breasted Tailorbird, Orthotomus samarensis
    White-browed Tailorbird, Orthotomus nigriceps
    White-eared Tailorbird, Orthotomus cinereiceps


  • Warblers of Europe, Asia and North Africa by Baker, ISBN 0-7136-3971-7

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