536 Common Tailorbird

The Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) is a 10 to 14 cm long songbird with short rounded wings, a long upright tail, rust colored forehead and crown, long pointed beak, olive-green upperparts, creamy or buff colored underside, and strong pinkish legs and feet. It is widely found in open farmland, scrubs, and gardens of South and Southeast Asia. It constructs its cradle-like nest by making holes with its pointed beak on the edges of large leaves and then sewing them with plant fibre. Hence, it is called a tailorbird.