Orthotomus sutorius
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Cisticolidae
Genus Orthotomus

Orthotomus or tailorbirds, is a genus of small passerines often placed in the Old World warbler family Sylviidae. However, recent research suggests they more likely belong in the Cisticolidae and they are treated as such in Del Hoyo et al. (2006). These are rare species. One species, the mountain tailorbird (and therefore also its sister species rufous-headed tailorbird), is actually closer to an old world warbler genus Cettia.

They occur in the Old World tropics, principally in Asia.

These warblers are usually brightly colored, with green or grey upperparts and yellow white or grey under parts. They often have chest nut 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.


Dark-necked Tailorbird (Temminck, 1836) (Orthotomus atrogularis)
Philippine Tailorbird (Walden, 1872) (Orthotomus castaneiceps)
Cambodian Tailorbird (Mahood et al., 2013) (Orthotomus chaktomuk)
Trilling Tailorbird (Ogilvie-Grant, 1895) (Orthotomus chloronotus)
White-eared Tailorbird (Sharpe, 1877) (Orthotomus cinereiceps)
Grey-backed Tailorbird (Moore, 1855) (Orthotomus derbianus)
Rufous-fronted Tailorbird (Sharpe, 1877) (Orthotomus frontalis)
Black-headed Tailorbird (Tweeddale, 1878) (Orthotomus nigriceps)
Ashy Tailorbird (Lesson, 1830) (Orthotomus ruficeps)
Yellow-breasted Tailorbird (Steere, 1890) (Orthotomus samarensis)
Rufous-tailed Tailorbird (Temminck, 1836) (Orthotomus sericeus)
Olive-backed Tailorbird (Horsfield, 1821) (Orthotomus sepium)
Common Tailorbird (Pennant, 1769) (Orthotomus sutorius)

Two species moved to the Cettiidae:

Mountain Tailorbird (Temminck, 1836) (Phyllergates cucullatus)
Rufous-headed Tailorbird (Mearns, 1905) (Phyllergates heterolaemus)
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