Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Green-backed Tailorbird (Orthotomus chloronotus)


French: Couturière d’Ogilvie-Grant German: Trillerschneidervogel Spanish: Sastrecillo dorsiverde

Orthotomus chloronotus


, 1895,

Cape Engaño, north-eastern Luzon


Until recently treated as conspecific with O. castaneiceps, but differs genetically#R and by its green vs grey back (3); darker underparts (1); and heavy use of strong trills vs occasional use of weak trills in song (at least 4)#R; see also O. frontalis and O. derbianus. Monotypic.

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N & C Luzon (S to Bataan and Quezon Provinces), in N Philippines.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 6·2–15 g. Typical tailorbird with graduated tail, relatively long bill slightly decurved towards tip; distinctive within range. Adult has top of head down to lores and... read more


For differences from formerly conspecific O. castaneiceps, see Taxonomy. Song a loud,... read more


Lowland bamboo and mixed thickets, as well as second-growth hill forest; to c. 1060 m.

Food and feeding

Food insects; no precise details available. Keeps very much to low undergrowth, hence more difficult to see than are some tailorbirds.


Reported at least Mar–May, for example egg ready to be laid late May and fledgling in late Apr. Nest usually placed towards tip of branch... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to part of the Luzon EBA. Relatively common at most forested sites within the species’ range.... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Green-backed Tailorbird (Orthotomus chloronotus). 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 19 September 2019).