Common Tailorbird Nesting – Nest details

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The earlier posts on the nesting of the Common Tailorbirds (Orthotomus sutorius maculicollis) are found in the following links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

“This is to complete the posting on the Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius maculicollis) by offering some nest details.

“After waiting 4 days and to makes sure the nest was no longer used, I collected it for inspection. As I had mentioned earlier, the primary leaf had broken hastening the fledging of the young.

“Images above show the nest from 4 different aspects (both sides, entrance and back). In addition the image on the left shows the nest opened up (interior).

“Externally the nest proper is 7.5 cm long, 6.5 cm high and 6.0 cm broad (widest diameter). At its thickest it is 0.75 cm thick. The internal diameters are 5 cm long, 5 cm high and 5 cm broad (measurements less accurate as nest were opened).

“Note that the opening was at the side, and not at the top as is usual.

“The nest predominantly comprised dried grass, mainly the Love Grass (Chrysopogon aciculatus) with some Kapok tree ”cotton” (Ceiba pentandra) padding.

“The image on the left is a close up of the stitching of the leaf. There were 18 holes in the two leaves that had Ceiba used as a blob to anchor the leave(s) together. They were made between 0.75 to 1.45 cm apart, with the majority being 0.9-1.0cm apart. There were also a number of holes (looked artificial) with no Ceiba blobs.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Canning Garden Home, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
16th June 2012

  1. Daisy O'Neill

    Cool…. Every nest is different and unique like every tailor/ hairdresser’s style differently.

    Nice details.


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