French: Couturière à tête rousse German: Grauschneidervogel Spanish: Sastrecillo ceniciento
Subspecies and Distribution
O. r. cineraceus
Blyth, 1845 – extreme S Myanmar (S Tenasserim), S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Bangka and Belitung. Probably this race in S Vietnam (Mekong Delta)#R and coastal S Cambodia#R.
O. r. baeus
Oberholser, 1912 – Nias and Pagai Is (off W Sumatra).
O. r. concinnus
Riley, 1927 – Siberut and Sipura (off W Sumatra).
O. r. borneoensis
Salvadori, 1874 – Borneo.
O. r. cagayanensis
Riley, 1935 – Cagayan Sulu (off N Borneo).
O. r. ruficeps
(Lesson, 1830) – Java.
O. r. baweanus
Hoogerwerf, 1962 – Bawean I (N of Java).
O. r. palliolatus
Chasen & Kloss, 1932 – Kangean Is and Karimunjawa Is (off N Java).
12 cm; c. 7 g. A rather short-tailed, grey tailorbird with long bill slightly decurved towards tip, striking white undertail-coverts. Male has forehead, forecrown and side of... read more
Song a repeated series of double notes, first note brief, emphasis on second note, “chip-wee, chip-... read more
Lowland forests, chiefly in coastal habitats; rarely inland, but recorded to 950 m in Sumatra and... read more
Food and feeding
Food small invertebrates and their larvae, including lepidopteran caterpillars, beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Hymenoptera) and small flies (... read more
Nesting reported in Jan–Jul in SE Asia. Nest pouch constructed preferentially by stitching together the two sides of one large flat... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Relatively common at most lowland, coastal woodland and mangrove sites in its range. Status in Cochinchina (S Vietnam) unclear, and claimed presence... read more
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