Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Near Threatened

Cambodian Tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk)


French: Couturière du Cambodge German: Kambodschaschneidervogel Spanish: Sastrecillo de Camboya

Orthotomus chaktomuk

Mahood et al.

, 2013,

Bateay, Kompong Cham Province, Cambodia (11° 56’53.94” N, 104° 56’50.94” E), c. 43 km north of Phnom Penh at c. 15 m elevation


Recently described; genetic data place it in O. atrogularisO. ruficepsO. sepium clade, apparently being closest to O. atrogularis#R. Monotypic.


Floodplain of the R Mekong, R Tonle Sap and R Bassac, in SC & SE Cambodia#R.

Descriptive notes

c. 11–12 cm; 6–8 g. Male has entirely rich cinnamon-rufous crown and contrasting white cheeks, very similar to O. atrogularis, differing from O. ruficeps... read more


Loud, lengthy, complex and highly varied, but very similar to O. atrogularis; compared to... read more


O. chaktomuk is confined to very dense humid evergreen scrub (multi-stemmed woody plants,... read more

Food and feeding

Diet presumably largely or wholly insectivorous, but extremely poorly known, with the only recorded prey items being a small dipteran, a... read more


Fundamentally unknown, but during Mar and Apr only males respond strongly to playback of vocalizations, whereas females typically do not... read more


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently classified as Near Threatened because it approaches thresholds for Vulnerable under criteria B1a+bi,ii,iii,iv, although if it is proven to... read more

Recommended citation

Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Cambodian Tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk). 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 26 August 2019).