Have you ever seen a bird stitching? No, not its clothes, but its own home.
If you think of a bird’s nest, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is a nest made of twigs or dry grass, right? But, the common tailorbird (Orthtomus sutorius) likes to live in a fancier home in the tropical ecosystems of Asia, so it stitches its own out of leaves and spider webs, fine grass, or plant fibers.
While you may not have known about the sewing, you might have seen or heard the songbird in your garden since its a common resident of urban gardens. They are usually quite shy and stay hidden in the vegetation, but their familiar loud calls easily give away their presence.
Or some of you might know a little about them from the popular children’s book Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling, in which he immortalized the bird in the story “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”. The story centers around a tailorbird couple, Darzee (Urdu for “tailor”) and his wife.
So, if you get a chance to see them stitch their home, then you’re lucky because it’s the most interesting thing ever!