French: Couturière à longue queue German: Rotstirn-Schneidervogel Spanish: Sastrecillo común
Subspecies and Distribution
O. s. guzuratus
(Latham, 1790) – Pakistan and peninsular India.
O. s. fernandonis
Whistler, 1939 – highland Sri Lanka.
O. s. sutorius
(Pennant, 1769) – lowland Sri Lanka.
O. s. patia
Hodgson, 1845 – Nepal terai and foothills E to Bhutan, Bangladesh, NE India and W Myanmar.
O. s. luteus
Ripley, 1948 – NE India (E Assam, Nagaland S to N Manipur).
O. s. inexpectatus
La Touche, 1922 – S China (SE Xizang, Yunnan) and E Myanmar E to N Laos and N Vietnam.
O. s. longicauda
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – SE China (including Hainan) and N Vietnam (N Tonkin).
O. s. maculicollis
F. Moore, 1855 – S Myanmar, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Cambodia and S Vietnam.
O. s. edela
Temminck, 1836 – Java.
10–14 cm; 6–10 g. A cock-tailed green and greyish warbler with relatively long pale bill slightly decurved towards tip, and somewhat flattened. Male nominate race... read more
Song, given at any time of day, a loud, repeated, rather sudden outburst, “chubit, chubit,... read more
Favours bushy cover by villages, gardens and parks, even shrubbery in city centres, also forest... read more
Food and feeding
Food almost entirely tiny invertebrates, chiefly insects, including small beetles (tenebrionid and curculionid species), bugs (Hemiptera),... read more
Season Mar–Dec (chiefly Jun–Aug) in India, coinciding with wet season; throughout year but chiefly Mar–May and Aug–... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to locally common throughout wide range. Preference for gardens and other bushy cover in man-made habitats make this species... read more
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