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Subspecies O s. maculicollis
Photo by wengchun
Putrajaya Wetland, Malaysia, August 2004
Orthotomus sutorius


Olive above, cream buff below, rufous thighs, long bill, legs and tail
Male: rufous centre of crown, white sides of head, black neck patches, white underparts
Female: rufous forehead


Asia: found in China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Hong Kong
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java


Subspecies O s. guzuratus Male(left) and Female(right) in breeding plumage.
Photo by aloktewari
New Delhi, India, May-2013


There are 9 subspecies[1]:


Scrub, urban gardens, parkland, open woodland, farmland and plantations.


A very restless bird


The nest is built in a shrub and made from a large leaf; the edges are pierced and stitched together with spider's web or plant fibre. The cup is lined with grass. The clutch consists of 3–5 pale blue eggs with brown speckles. The eggs are incubated by the female. Both sexes care for the young which fledge after about 24 days.


The diet includes insects, larvae, berries, fruits, nectar and seeds.


Subspecies O. s. guzuratus Juvenile
Photo by Sumit
Kolkata City, India, June 2003

Call: loud chwee-o; chi-up; chee-rup.

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Faridabad, Haryana, India, Sep.-2016


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BirdForum Member observations

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