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Any of several Asian and African warblers, primarily of the genus Orthotomus, that characteristically stitch leaves together with plant fibers or spider webs to make nests.
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(Animals) any of several tropical Asian warblers of the genus Orthotomus, which build nests by sewing together large leaves using plant fibres
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(ˈteɪ lərˌbɜrd)

any of several warblers of tropical Asia, esp. of the genus Orthotomus, that stitch leaves together to form and conceal their nests.
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Noun1.tailorbird - tropical Asian warbler that stitches leaves together to form and conceal its nesttailorbird - tropical Asian warbler that stitches leaves together to form and conceal its nest
Old World warbler, true warbler - small active brownish or greyish Old World birds
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Darzee, the Tailorbird, helped him, and Chuchundra, the musk-rat, who never comes out into the middle of the floor, but always creeps round by the wall, gave him advice, but Rikki-tikki did the real fighting.
Walking on a disused logging road and punching into the residual thickets, the birding party ticked off blue fantails, a rufous-fronted tailorbird, brown tit babblers, and leafbirds camouflaged on the green canopy.
Another new species, the Cambodian tailorbird, was described in 2013 by scientists after it was discovered in plain sight, living in dense shrub on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.
Pintail Snipes - Gallinago stenura (0.30 +- 0.10 birds/ha), Olive-winged Bulbul - Pycnonotus plumosus (0.29 +- 0.18 birds/ha), Common Tailorbird - Orthotomus sutorius (0.26 +- 0.11 birds/ha), Black-crowned Nightheron - Nycticorax nycticorax (0.23 +- 0.14 birds/ha) and Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea (0.11 +- 0.06 birds/ha) were the rarest five bird species with low densities.
This never-before-seen species (right) belongs to the tailorbird genus, a group of Old World songbirds known for "stitching" together nests of leaves by pulling plant fibers through holes punched with their needlelike beaks.