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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Cisticolidae.


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  • Bush warblers are particularly newsworthy right now (to my mind at any rate) given that the just-published oscine supertree of Jønsson & Fjeldså (2006) found Cettia to be diphyletic, with C. cetti grouping with the tesias* and Urosphena (the stubtails) while the Japanese bush warbler C. diphone grouped with the Broad-billed flycatcher-warbler Tickellia hodgsoni and Orthotomus (the tailorbirds).

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • Two of the birds, the Udzungwa forest-partridge (Xenoperdix udzungwensis) and the African tailor bird (Orthotomus metopias), have affinities with living species in Southeast Asia, suggesting an ancient forest connection to the East.

    Eastern Arc forests

  • The famous tailor-bird (_Orthotomus sartorius_) is the best known of the warblers distinguished on account of architectural skill.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • At Coonoor the tailor-bird (_Orthotomus sartorius_) is nearly as abundant as it is in the plains.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • The tailor-bird (_Orthotomus sutorius_) is a wren with a long tail.

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India

  • _Orthotomus_; in fact, many of the nests built by these two species so closely resemble each other that it would be difficult to distinguish them were there not very generally a difference in the lining.

    The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1

  • The nests, very ingeniously made, are invariably sewn to one or two leaves in the centre of one of the above-named bushes, the entrance above, just as in the nest of an _Orthotomus_.

    The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1

  • My notes only mention two nests with eggs, on the 22nd and 25th August, but I found some much later; and I am almost certain it begins to lay much earlier, if not actually at the beginning of the monsoon, like _Orthotomus_ and _Prinia_.

    The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1

  • A nest of this species found in Native Sikhim, below Namtchu, on the 28th July, is a regular Tailor-bird's nest, absolutely undistinguishable from the one also sent me by Mr. Mandelli as belonging to _Orthotomus atrigularis_, so that for the moment I have some doubts as to the authenticity of this nest.

    The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1

  • [Footnote 1: Orthotomus longicauda, _Gmel_.] [Footnote 2: P.oceus baya, _Blyth_; P. P.ilippinus, _Auct_.] _Crows_.

    Ceylon; an Account of the Island Physical, Historical, and Topographical with Notices of Its Natural History, Antiquities and Productions, Volume 1 (of 2)


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