Ashy Tailorbird in Malaysia

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Malaysia Ashy Tailorbird

To spot the Ashy Tailorbird in Malaysia, you can visit most parks and forest reserves, lowland forest or even tropical mangrove areas as they are frequently seen.

This is one of the beautiful smaller birds that can be quite frustrating to spot or even photograph when doing bird watching or photography.

Ashy Tailorbird in Malaysia

Ashy Tailorbird Orthotomus ruficeps
An Ashy Tailorbird photographed at the Paya Indah Wetlands in Selangor.

The Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps) is a small and very active grey bird with a long bill and a dark-tipped, frequently-cocked-up tail. The males are grey-throated, whereas females have white throats and both with an orange face.

These little birds sometimes resemble warblers and are often busy jumping from branch to small to medium trees. Sometimes they are also active in the late mornings to afternoons.

In terms of conservation, the Ashy Tailorbird is put under the red list of threatened species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Places to Spot the Ashy Tailorbird

There are many places to spot this little bird, and they are commonly found around mangrove forest, lowland forest, secondary forest and even in general parks and recreational areas.

In Malaysia, they are spotted throughout the country from the peninsular from the east to the west coast and all the way to Sabah and Sarawak. Over in Borneo, Malaysia, the Ashy Tailorbird can be seen at the Rainforest Discovery Centre or RDC in Sepilok, Sabah.

At peninsular, popular places include Paya Indah Wetlands in Dengkil, Kuala Selangor Nature Park in Selangor, Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve in Perak, and the coastal forest areas on the west Malaysia.

They are also native to Southeast Asia and are commonly spotted in Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Southern Vietnam and Cambodia.

I personally photographed this bird at the Paya Indah Wetlands in Dengkil Selangor in April of 2021. I also used a Nikon DSLR with a Sigma 150-600 mm lens for the closeup photos, which was handheld.

Ashy Tailor Bird Malaysia
Commonly spotted at wetland forest, parks and lowland forest.


This is a bird watchers article about birds that can be spotted around Malaysia and serves as a quick guide to let birders know that the bird has been spotted here.

In Malaysia, the Ashy Tailorbird is probably one of the common birds to spot while bird watching and easily identified from the ash and orange colours.

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