tailorbird

tailorbird

[tey-ler-burd]
noun
any of several small Asian passerine birds, especially of the genus Orthotomus, that stitch leaves together to form and conceal their nests.

Origin:
1760–70; tailor1 + bird

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To tailorbird
Collins
World English Dictionary
tailorbird (ˈteɪləˌbɜːd)
 
n
any of several tropical Asian warblers of the genus Orthotomus, which build nests by sewing together large leaves using plant fibres

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

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.

Learn more about tailorbird with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;