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Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)

03 Dec 2013 09:11 - 27 Apr 2014 13:49 #1514 by Bo Christensen
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I would like some help to ID this pair of tiny birds, that every night sleeps in one of our chilis.
They arrive after sunset, and sits on the same branch every night. We can walk right past them, without them moving a feather.
The chilis are 20 mm. long so the birds are very small.



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03 Dec 2013 12:20 #1515 by onflipflops
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It looks like a Tailorbird to me. I think Common Tailorbird, but not sure how many kinds there are, don't have my bird book at hand.
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03 Dec 2013 13:57 #1516 by Bo Christensen
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That looks like a good candidate onflipflops.
I will see if I can getter a better photo tonight.

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04 Dec 2013 07:58 - 04 Dec 2013 08:01 #1517 by Bo Christensen
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Two more photos from last night.
They are not more than 6-7 cm. long, so if they are Common Tailorbirds, they are still very young.



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05 Dec 2013 13:25 #1518 by onflipflops
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Think I still stick to my first impression, Common Tailorbird
But you could have a look at the following list.

Other contenders with similar coloration:
* Dark-necked Tailorbird, but since it has the light 'eyebrow' (supercilium) it's more likely the Common T.
* Chestnut-crowned Warbler, but I believe this bird has a shorter bill and overall a different shape
* Rufous-fronted babbler, but should have a bit a striped throat
* Triped Tit Babbler, but again should have a bit a striped throat
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06 Dec 2013 15:16 #1519 by Bo Christensen
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Thank you for taking another look. I will look at your other suggestions.

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26 Apr 2014 11:21 #1881 by wildambience
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It's definitely Common Tailorbird - the rufous cap & white eye-brow are diagnostic of this species.
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02 Jun 2014 09:11 #2027 by Bo Christensen
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I finally found a nest from this fascinating little species.
On a walk in the garden, I saw an adult bird with a fat green caterpillar in its beak, sitting in a young mango tree. It dissapeared into the leaves and left soon after without the caterpillar. I went to take a look and there the nest was. Made from 4-5 leaves and almost inivisible. There's a tiny hole in one end, just big enough for the adult to enter.



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03 Jun 2014 11:21 #2028 by Bo Christensen
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03 Jun 2014 18:46 #2029 by onflipflops
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Nice picture, and an interesting nesting structure.
Almost looks like a Red Weaver Ants nest.

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