Common Tailorbird’s food menu

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On 10th September 2008, KC Tsang was in the field keeping watch on a pair of Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) flying in and out of the nest to feed the chicks. The birds flew to a perch some distance from the nest, looked around, then when all was clear, flew directly to the nest (left). The birds did not pose for him with the food – they moved around fast and KC had to act just as fast, missing many opportunities and spending a total of about three hours in the field.

He was impressed by the diversity of food brought to the nest, as shown in the images below (left to right, top to bottom row): moth, spider 1, bug, spider 2, spider 3, bee, termite, caterpillar and grasshopper.


“It seems that the tailorbirds’ preferences of food items for feeding their chicks, or themselves remains mainly insects of various types, from houseflies, and other flies, bees, spiders, grasshoppers, termites, some form of bugs, and others that I have missed capturing …

“It was observed that both parents would go about collecting food items for their two chicks, and they seem to be pretty efficient about it, returning to the nest at about five to fifteen minutes intervals. Besides feeding the chicks, fecal sacs were removed at about the same time to some far away place.

“These pictures are highly cropped to show the types of insects taken, thus some pictures are slightly blurred…”

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