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Orthotomus sutorius

Orthotomus sutorius
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Kenko UV 62mm
Exposure: f/11, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nature with Canon EOS400D [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-26 10:34
Viewed: 4422
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The Common Tailorbird, Orthotomus sutorius, is an Old World warbler. This tailorbird is a resident breeder in tropical south Asia from Pakistan and India to south China, and Indonesia.

This passerine bird is 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 spiders web to make a cradle in which the actual grass nest is built. Common Tailorbird builds its nest in a shrub and lays 3-5 eggs.

These 13 cm long warblers are brightly coloured, 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.

There are two endemic races in Sri Lanka which retain the male's long tail feathers all year.

Like most warblers, the Common Tailorbird is insectivorous. The song is a loud cheeup-cheeup-cheeup.

Most probably the smallest bird I have ever seen.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sylviidae
Genus: Orthotomus
Species: sutorius

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-26 10:40]

Hi Haraprasan,

A beautiful bird and a wonderful picture. He has such a pretty face which you show in great detail. Very nice plummage with marvelous colors. I love how he is posing on the branch with the beautiful leaves surrounding him. Great composition. I'm wondering about his size. He has the look of some kind of Wren. I'll have to check back - Ivan will probably ID him.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-26 11:41]

Hello Hara,
A superb sharp and well composed capture of a Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius). Excellent POV and pleasing composition among the foliage.
TFS this beauty,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-26 11:48]

Hi Just got home from work so running a bit late tonight so just a note to say good picture for now. TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-26 11:53]

Hello Haraprasan,
This is a very fine capture of a beautiful Tailorbird hiding in the greenery! Great focus and fine sharp details showing the beautiful markings. Lovely colours too and well composed.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • san Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 23] (166)
  • [2008-06-26 12:02]

HP Sir,
Great picture of a beautiful bird hidden among the lush green leaves. The bird's eye seems to have a slight tinge of annoyance.. Is it wary of the intrusion into its territory? Food for thought.
Good job!!!

Very sharp picture indeed. To me it is a Dark Necked Tailor Bird (orthotomus atrogularis. The color in head part is giving me a different thought. Or is it a result of breeding plumage?

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-26 13:06]

Hello Haraprasan,
Perfect capture of this common tailobird. TFS.

Hi Haraprasan,

Beautiful bird and very nice capture.
I love his natural pose between the branches.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-26 16:56]

Hi Hara,i like a lot the environment and the very nice bird,perfect colors and good details,i think that wasn't easy to take this pic..hehhehe...my best compliment,Luciano

HP! yes it has a sub continent oriental appearance in the way you have framed this one...and your control over the depth of filed has really made it tops for you! Neat capture my good friend from India!

Hello Prasan,
Nicely captured of the Tailorbird with a good pose indeed!
very good sharpness in wonderful colour and details
many thanks for the sharing

Hi My beloved friend Haraprasan,

Stunning shot of this beautiful insectivorous Common Tailorbird in all around. Great DOF, POV and framing. TFS my friend.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-27 1:44]

Hello HP,
You have managed to shoot this from the hide out. Lovely view and good natural sorroundings and colors. Ganesh

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-06-27 10:05]

Hello Haraprasan,

Beautiful picture of this lovely bird. Very good composition. Good focus. Superb light and colours.

What a lovely shot...this is a pleasant change from the normal.Very well done.

Excelente !!!! con unos colores y sobre todo fondo excepcionales.

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