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Photo by Alister Benn
Malaysia, February 2004
Orthotomus atrogularis


11 cm

  • Green upperparts
  • Chestnut cap
  • Dark throat
  • Greyish-white underparts
  • Yellow carpal joint
  • Yellow undertail coverts

Female: is duller and lacks the dark throat

Similar Species

Common Tailorbird


Photo by jweeyh
Venus Drive, July 2006

Asia: found in China, India, Eastern Himalayas
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • O. a. nitidus:
  • O. a. atrogularis:
  • O. a. humphreysi:
  • O. a. anambensis:
  • Tioman, Natuna and Anambas islands (South China Sea)

Trilling Tailorbird was formerly included in this species.


Lowland moist forests and forest edges. Mangroves, parks and gardens.


Photo by alibenn
Botanical gardens, Penang, Malaysia, February 2004


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Birdforum thread discussing the taxonomy of among others the taxon chloronotos
  5. Wikipedia

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