September 7, 2016 – Mountain Tailorbird or Golden-headed Tailorbird (Orthotomus cucullatus)

Found in the forests of Southeast Asia, these tailorbirds have been classified in several different families over time, including the cettiid warbler and cisticola families. They eat insects, and probably other small invertebrates, foraging in pairs or small family groups. The name tailorbird comes from their nest-building technique, which involves sewing one or more large leaves together with plant fibers or spiderwebs, then building the nest inside this pouch.

Part of the reason I chose to draw these birds is their fascinating high-pitched song, which you can hear in this video:


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