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tailorbird

[tey-ler-burd] /ˈteɪ lərˌbɜrd/
noun
1.
any of several small Asian passerine birds, especially of the genus Orthotomus, that stitch leaves together to form and conceal their nests.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; tailor1 + bird
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tailorbird

/ˈteɪləˌbɜːd/
noun
1.
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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tailorbird

any of the nine species of the genus Orthotomus, of the Old World warbler family Sylviidae, that sew together the edges of one or more leaves to contain the nest. A tailorbird makes a series of holes with its long slender bill and then draws plant fibre, insect silk, or even stolen household thread through the holes to form separate loops, which are knotted on the outer side.

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