Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Black-headed Tailorbird (Orthotomus nigriceps)


French: Couturière à tête noire German: Schwarzkopf-Schneidervogel Spanish: Sastrecillo cabecinegro
Other common names: White-browed Tailorbird

Orthotomus nigriceps


, 1878,

Butuan, Philippines


See O. samarensis. Monotypic.


Dinagat, Siargao and E Mindanao (Agusan, Surigao, E Davao), in SE Philippines.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; c. 7 g. A dark tailorbird with distinctive head pattern. Male has bold white supercilium extending from lores backwards, and white line beneath eye, contrasting with... read more


Song a long, descending stuttering trill, slowing as it levels out; very similar to that of O.... read more


Dense forest undergrowth in lowlands, to 1000 m.

Food and feeding

Food small invertebrates. Shy and elusive; usually in pairs in dense undergrowth, rarely venturing into open.


Birds with enlarged gonads in Mar, Apr and May. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not gobally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA. Status uncertain; although generally considered rare or uncommon, its shy... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2019). Black-headed Tailorbird (Orthotomus nigriceps). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 August 2019).