Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Near Threatened

Yellow-breasted Tailorbird (Orthotomus samarensis)


French: Couturière de Samar German: Samarschneidervogel Spanish: Sastrecillo de Samar

Orthotomus Samarensis


, 1890,

Samar, Philippines


Has sometimes been considered conspecific with O. cinereiceps and O. nigriceps, on basis mainly of vocal similarities; all are genetically well differentiated#R. Monotypic.


Samar, Leyte and Bohol, in EC Philippines.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; c. 7 g. Distinctive tailorbird with black head and yellow underparts. Male has head, throat, neck side and nape dull black, forming a complete hood which extends to a... read more


Song a long, descending stuttering trill which slows as it levels out and becomes a monotone... read more


Dense forest undergrowth in lowlands, sometimes along watercourses and gulleys of dried-up... read more

Food and feeding

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


Breeding reported in Jul–Aug; individual with enlarged gonads in Jul and young recorded in Apr. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA. Elusive nature probably obscures... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2019). Yellow-breasted Tailorbird (Orthotomus samarensis). 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 17 September 2019).