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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Infraordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Sylvioidea

Familia: Cisticolidae
Genus: Orthotomus
Species: O. atrogularis - O. castaneiceps – O. chaktomuk – O. chloronotus – O. cinereiceps - O. derbianus - O. frontalis - O. nigriceps - O. ruficeps - O. samarensis - O. sepium - O. sericeus - O. sutorius


Orthotomus Horsfield, 1821

Transactions of the Linnean Society of London 13: 165.
Orthotomus – Taxon details on Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).

Vernacular names
বাংলা: টুনটুনি
English: Tailorbirds
suomi: Räätälit
français: Couturière
Türkçe: Terzi kuşu
Tiếng Việt: Chi Chích bông

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.[1] One former species, the mountain tailorbird (and therefore also its sister species rufous-headed tailorbird), is actually closer to an old world warbler genus Cettia.[2]

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

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.

1 Species
2 References
3 Bibliography
4 External links


The genus contains 13 species:[3]

Common tailorbird, Orthotomus sutorius
Dark-necked tailorbird, Orthotomus atrogularis
Cambodian tailorbird, Orthotomus chaktomuk[4]
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:

Mountain tailorbird, Phyllergates cucullatus
Rufous-headed tailorbird, Phyllergates heterolaemus


Del Hoyo, J.; Elliot, A.; Christie D., eds. (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.
Alström, Per; Ericson, P.G.P.; Olsson, U.; Sundberg, P. (2006). "Phylogeny and classification of the avian superfamily Sylvioidea". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 38 (2): 381–397. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2005.05.015. PMID 16054402.
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

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