Tailor bird

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tailor bird (Zoöl) any one of numerous species of small Asiatic and East Indian singing birds belonging to Orthotomus Prinia, and allied genera. They are noted for the skill with which they sew leaves together to form nests. The common Indian species are Orthotomus longicauda, which has the back, scapulars, and upper tail coverts yellowish green, and the under parts white; and the golden-headed tailor bird (Orthotomus coronatus), which has the top of the head golden yellow and the back and wings pale olive-green.
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Usage

In literature:

This was the second nest I had seen resembling that of the tailor-bird of India.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
Away up in the boughs of a camphor tree a little tailor-bird was twittering.
"The Black-Bearded Barbarian (George Leslie Mackay)" by Mary Esther Miller MacGregor, AKA Marion Keith
The grosbeak almost rivals the tailor-bird in the beautiful formation of its nest.
"Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon" by Samuel White Baker
But if you see the tailor bird she may mend your coat for you.
"Uncle Wiggily's Travels" by Howard R. Garis
Almost the same thing happened to me and the tailor bird made my hat as good as ever.
"Uncle Wiggily in the Woods" by Howard R. Garis
Throughout April the sprightly tailor-birds are busy with their nests.
"A Bird Calendar for Northern India" by Douglas Dewar
These are the tailor-bird and the ashy wren-warbler.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
Well said, my bird's-nye, stand for the credit of tailors whilst thou livest; wilt thou not, chuck?
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
These birds are related to the Tailor-Bird.
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach
Suddenly, the attention of those assembled was attracted by the curious action of a bya (tailor) bird in a neighboring mimosa tree.
"The Taming of the Jungle" by Dr. C. W. Doyle
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In news:

Just as a tailor takes a person's size and style preferences into account when making a suit, birdcage manufacturers and retailers focus on a bird's size and popular cage trends among customers when creating and selling cages.
Samnee makes his own falconry gear from scratch, tailoring each piece to each bird.
Once Mitt Romney brushes the yellow feathers off his sharply tailored suit, the GOP presidential candidate may regret ever having tangled with Big Bird, increasingly looking like the signature moment of last week's presidential debate.
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