Tailorbirds are small birds, most belonging to the genus Orthotomus. While they were often placed in the Old World warbler family Sylviidae, recent research suggests they more likely belong in the Cisticolidae and they are treated as such in Del Hoyo et al. One species, the mountain tailorbird (and therefore also its sister species rufous-headed tailorbird), is actually closer to an old world warbler genus Cettia.
|Common tailorbirds (Orthotomus sutorius)|
These warblers are usually brightly colored, with green or grey upper parts and yellow white or grey under parts. They often have chestnut 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.
The genus contains 13 species:
- Common tailorbird, Orthotomus sutorius
- Dark-necked tailorbird, Orthotomus atrogularis
- Cambodian tailorbird, Orthotomus chaktomuk
- Philippine tailorbird, Orthotomus castaneiceps
- Trilling tailorbird, Orthotomus chloronotus
- Rufous-fronted tailorbird, Orthotomus frontalis
- Grey-backed tailorbird, Orthotomus derbianus
- Rufous-tailed tailorbird, Orthotomus sericeus
- Ashy tailorbird, Orthotomus ruficeps
- Olive-backed tailorbird, Orthotomus sepium
- Yellow-breasted tailorbird, Orthotomus samarensis
- Black-headed tailorbird, Orthotomus nigriceps
- White-eared tailorbird, Orthotomus cinereiceps
Two species moved to the Cettiidae:
- Del Hoyo, J.; Elliot, A.; Christie D. (editors). (2006). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 11: Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. ISBN 978-84-96553-42-2.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
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- Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2017). "Grassbirds, Donacobius, Malagasy warblers, cisticolas & allies". World Bird List Version 7.3. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
- Mahood, S. P.; et al. (2013). "A new species of lowland tailorbird (Passeriformes: Cisticolidae: Orthotomus ) from the Mekong floodplain of Cambodia" (PDF). Forktail. 29: 1–14.
- The New Student's Reference Work/Tailor-Bird
- Baker, Kevin. Warblers of Europe, Asia and North Africa. (2007). ISBN 0-7136-3971-7
- Ryan, Peter (2006). Family Cisticolidae (Cisticolas and allies). Pp. 378–492 in del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Christie, D.A. (editors). (2006). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 11. Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. ISBN 978-84-96553-06-4