CHIN'S NATURE CORNER ~ PHOTO GALLERY ~ SOME COMMON BIRDS
The Common Tailorbird (Orthotoms sutorius) is also known as the Long-tailed Tailorbird in some
parts of its range which stretches from the Indian subcontinent through Southeast Asia to south China. It's called
tailorbird because the female stitches one or several green (living) leaves in a bush to make a sort of basket or cradle
in which she makes the real nest with materials gathered by the male. This basket or cradle serves to hide the nest and
so protects the nestlings from predators. Using her sharp beak, the female bird makes tiny holes along the edges
of leaves and rivets them together with fine grass or fibres. This process does not kill the green leaves.