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Rufous-tailed Tailorbird

Orthotomus sericeus

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Typical tailorbird, with an often-cocked-up tail, long bill, and active disposition. Gray above and white below, with an orange-brown crown and tail. Unlike similar Ashy Tailorbird, which has a gray tail, females and males essentially look alike. Inhabits open forests and forest edge, including shrubby gardens and field edges, where it keeps to dense vegetation. Often engages in flycatching behavior from a low perch. Calls are variable and include a nasal “dee-dee-dee-dee”, as well as an odd, echoing note that resembles that of a water droplet. Song is loud, ringing, and repetitive.

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