Orthotomus sutorius

Orthotomus sutorius, Forst.

530. :- Orthotomus longicauda, Gm. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 165 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 479 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 406; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 151 ; Sutoria sutoria, Forst.; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 126.


Length, 65 ; 5 ; expanse, 5 to 6 ; wing, 1.9 ; tail, 3.5, 2 ; tarsus, 0.9; bill at front, 0.5 ; bill at gape, 0.65.

Bill dark horny above, pale-fleshy beneath; irides reddish-yellow or amber ; legs fleshy.

Crown rufous ; nape somewhat cinereous, with a tinge of rufous; back, scapulars, rump, and upper tail-coverts, yellowish olive-green ; wings brown, edged with green ; tail narrow, light brown with a green tinge, and the outer feathers on each side with a narrow white tip ; beneath white, with a concealed black spot on each side of the throat, formed by the bases of some of the feathers, and only seen at times.

There are four dark-brown hairs arising from the nape, two on each side.

The Tailor Bird is a common permanent resident throughout the district, breeding from the end of June to August. The nests are rather hard to find, although during the time the hen is sitting on the eggs,, the cock keeps up a pleasant "tweet" " tweet" on a neighbouring bough, and though one knows that a nest is somewhere near at hand, it requires a careful and persevering search to find it.

When the bird chooses a leaf sufficiently large, it sews the opposite edges together, and in the cavity thus formed, it makes a soft nest of cotton, with a few hairs, just enough to keep it in shape; at times two or more leaves are incorporated into the nest. They lay three (occasionally four) eggs of a rather elongated oval shape, pointed at one end, reddish-white in color, or, I should say, white, suffused with a reddish tinge, blotched, streaked or spotted with red-brown; these markings sometimes form a zone at the large end. Occasionally the eggs are of a greenish-white colour; they measure 0.64 inches in Length, by 0.45 in breadth.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Orthotomus sutorius
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Indian Tailor Bird
Common Tailorbird
Orthotomus sutorius

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