Tailor bird


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(Zool.) any one of numerous species of small Asiatic and East Indian singing birds belonging to Orthotomus, Prinia, and allied genera. They are noted for the skill with which they sew leaves together to form nests. The common Indian species are Orthotomus longicauda, which has the back, scapulars, and upper tail coverts yellowish green, and the under parts white; and the golden-headed tailor bird (Orthotomus coronatus), which has the top of the head golden yellow and the back and wings pale olive-green.
- Bartlett.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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This bird, the 'Mozambican' long-billed tailor bird, has been seen by only three ornithologists before, its entire global distribution restricted to small forest patches here on the Njesi Plateau.
The Cavern, Matthew Street, 0151 236 1965, www.cavernclub.org Tailor Birds With support to be confirmed.