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Teeny tiny little greenish bird

Battichcha or Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)Battichcha or Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) Battichcha or Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius), Sri Lanka This bird is a frequent visitor to my garden. In particular, to the trees and area outside my kitchen window, granting me entertainment while I cook or wash dishes.

This little greenish bird spends barely a couple of seconds anywhere – he’s constantly flitting about. Constantly. And I use “he” not because I know he’s a male, but because it’s better – to me – than using s/he or it. :D<

A couple of weeks ago, a snake, possibly a rat snake (which is not poisonous), was chasing this bird around in our jumbu tree. The snake didn’t win, by the way. 🙂 And no, no pictures of the rat snake, either – he moved way way way too fast!

This bird is difficult to photograph simply because he moves around so much, so frequently, so fast. That I’ve managed to photograph him is due more to the frequency with which he visits more so than anything else.

I don’t know yet what kind of bird he is. I’ve been looking through a few websites, but haven’t been able to track it down. Fahim isn’t sure, although he’s been looking, too. I’m hoping that someone who knows will read this blog post and let me know. 🙂

Battichcha or Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius), Sri LankaBattichcha or Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius), Sri LankaBattichcha or Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius), Sri LankaBattichcha or Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius), Sri LankaBattichcha or Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius), Sri Lanka

EDITED TO ADD: It’s confirmed, thanks to the lovely gents in my comments section! The cute little teeny tiny bird that keeps hopping around my yard is the Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius), known in Sinhala as Battichcha. I love having a name to go with a face. 🙂

8 thoughts on “Teeny tiny little greenish bird”

  1. I don’t know a zoological name or a proper English name for this one; but I believe this should be the famous “Battichcha” what we call in Sinhala language. I’m not too sure if it’s the honey bird (Pani Kurulla). May be I should ask my wife for a help on this, and get back to you 🙂 She has done a study on Sri Lankan bird species, some time back at the Uni.

    Amisampath’s last blog post..I Switched to Lite FM

  2. Lori, I completely agree. He’s even cuter as he moves around, putting his tailfeathers up in the air. 🙂

    Amisampath and Sundar, thank you both so much for helping me identify this guy. I’ve checked out your links and Wikipedia and yep, he’s the Common Tailorbird alright. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Amisampath, please also thank your wife for her help, too. 🙂

  3. Hi Lauri,

    Do you know why it’s calling tailor ? As it gses to sew to leave to gether with fibers obtain from trees.I like birds and butter flies too. Few months ago I rented out a small house where I can watch butterflies and birds.

    Thanks alot for your notes on birds I enjoyed them much.

    Nihathamani

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