Tailor bird nest


A stitch in time…

A leaf in the middle of thick foliage is usually chosen to avoid the nest being seen, and at the end of a branch to reduce the possibility of a predator entering the nest.
The female wraps the leaf around herself to make sure it is the right size.
If it isn’t, she adds another one or two leaves.
She then uses her feet to pull the leaf together and pierces a series of miniscule holes along the leaf’s edge, using her long, slender beak, which is shaped like a needle.
The holes are so tiny that the leaf holds its shape, and it doesn’t go brown.
The female threads plant fibres (such as cotton or lint) or silk from insects (such as cobwebs or caterpillar cocoons) through the holes.”

‘The bird that stitches its nest’ by Tammana Begum [i]

The common tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) is a songbird found across tropical Asia…
The scientific name sutorius means ‘cobbler’ rather than ‘tailor’ while Orthotomus means ‘straight-cutting’.
They forage for insects and have been known to feed on a range of beetles and bugs.
They are attracted to insects at flowers and are known to favour the inflorescences of mango.
They also visit flowers such as those of Bombax, Salmalia for nectar and are sometimes covered in pollen, giving them a golden-headed appearance.”

‘Common tailorbird’ Wikipedia [ii]

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Tailor Bird's nest sewn together.
Tailor Bird’s nest sewn together.

The tailor-bird of India sews leaves together to form a nest.
Was that part of a plan and designed, or was it trial and error?
How many eggs were smashed before they learned to sew correctly?

I would suggest that the tailor-bird was given it’s skill by God the great Designer.

References:
[i] ‘The bird that stitches its nest’ by Tammana Begum. Natural History Museum.
[ii] ‘Common tailorbird’ Wikipedia

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