French: Couturière oreillarde German: Graukopf-Schneidervogel Spanish: Sastrecillo orejiblanco
See O. samarensis. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
O. c. obscurior
Mayr, 1947 – W Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula E to at least L Lanao), in S Philippines.
O. c. cinereiceps
Sharpe, 1877 – Basilan (off W Mindanao).
12 cm; c. 7 g. A greenish tailorbird with distinctive white ear-spot. Male has head and lower breast dark grey, becoming blackish on throat and chest, with contrasting... read more
Song begins with loud, descending “dededede-dep-dep-deep-deeup”, which slows and levels out to... read more
Dense tangled undergrowth in forest clearings or forest edge in lowlands, to 1000 m.
Food and feeding
Food small invertebrates. Forages in pairs in dense undergrowth, rarely venturing into open.
Reported as breeding in Aug on Basilan (nominate race); birds with enlarged gonads in Apr and May. No other information.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA. Poorly known species. Generally considered to be locally fairly common.
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