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Tailorbird, common name for any of several warblers that live throughout southeastern Asia and Africa. It inhabits forest undergrowth, pine forests, open woodland, stream banks, and bamboo forests. The tailorbird grows to about 13 cm (about 5 in) in length. There are no outward physical differences between the male and female. Both are slender and have long, thin, pointed bills. Its soft thick plumage is green or dull gray on the back and whitish or yellow on the underside. It feeds primarily on small insects. Noted for sewing elaborate leaf nests, the tailorbird stabs the edges of one or more broad leaves with its needlelike bill, threads vegetable fibers through the holes, and draws the leaves together, making a cuplike pocket. The nest is lined with grass or other soft material. The female typically lays three to six eggs.

Scientific classification: Tailorbirds are members of the Old World warbler family, Sylviidae, in the order Passeriformes. The common tailorbird is classified as Orthotomus sutorius.



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