Interesting Facts About Common Tailorbirds: Well Adapted To Humans

The common tailorbird is a songbird found across tropical Asia. Popular for its nest made of leaves “sewn” together and immortalized by Rudyard Kipling in his Jungle Book, it is a common resident in urban gardens.
Although shy birds that are usually hidden within vegetation, their loud calls are familiar and give away their presence. They are distinctive in having a long upright tail, greenish upper body plumage and rust colored forehead and crown. This passerine bird is typically found in open farmland, scrub, forest edges and gardens.
Common Tailorbird is well adapted to humans. The species is common and widespread in its range, and not threatened. Like most warblers, the common tailorbird is insectivorous.
Tailorbirds get their name from the way their nest is constructed. The edges of a large leaf are pierced and sewn together with plant fiber or spider silk to make a cradle in which the actual nest is built.
Here are some interesting facts about common tailorbirds:
1. Common Tailorbird builds its nest in a shrub and lays 3-5 eggs. These 13 cm long warblers are brightly colored, with bright green upperparts and whitish underparts. The crown of the head is chestnut.
It has short rounded wings, a short tail, strong legs and a long decurved bill. The tail is typically held upright, like a wren. The sexes are identical, except that the male has long central tail feathers in the breeding season, but young birds are duller.
2. Tailorbirds are found singly or in pairs, usually low in the undergrowth or trees sometimes hopping on the ground. They forage for insects and have been known to feed on a range of beetles and bugs.
They are attracted to insects at flowers and are known to favor the inflorescences of mango. They also visit flowers such as those of Bombax, Salmalia for nectar and are sometimes covered in pollen, giving them a golden-headed appearance.
3. Common Tailorbird feeds on insects, adults and larvae. They may also snack on small fruits, berries, sip some nectar or eat tiny seeds. They constantly shift their perch in the under story thickets, and make short, quick darting flights.
4. Breeding season range between January to June (peak in February and March). Female lays 2 to 4 reddish or bluish white, spotted with brownish red eggs, speckled with brown. Incubation lasts about 14 days, by female. Both parents feed and raise the chicks. Young fledge at about 25 days of age.
5. Common birds roost alone during the non-breeding season but may roost side-by-side during the breeding season, sometimes with the newly fledged juvenile sandwiched between the adults. The roost sites chosen are thin twigs on trees with cover above them and were often close to human habitation and lights.
6. Tailorbirds are usually known for their ability to form an unusual nest, but they also have a hidden talent in them, which is in front of us but we often ignore it. Their way of communication, that is their sound.
They produce a high pitch musical sound of the form “chi-o chi-up chi-row”. They use their musical sound to communicate with other birds and to attract their prey. They have the ability to vary their pitch for various purposes. They can warn others of their kind in need of emergency or any other such situation.

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