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Birds' Knots (cotd.)
Rev. J. G. Wood.
"Homes without Hands"
(London 1868.)
p 212. "This bird" [the Fan-Tailed Warbler
Salicaria cisticola] "builds among
reeds, sewing together a number of
flat blades in order to make a
hollow wherein its nest may be
hidden; but the method which it
employs is not precisely the same
as that which is used by the
Tailor Bird. [Orthotomus longicaudus,
India] Instead of passing its thread
continuously through the holes, &
thus sewing the leaves together,
it has a great number of
threads, & makes a knot at
the end of each, in order to pre-
vent it being pulled through the
hole. A beautiful description &
beautiful figure of this bird
may be seen in Gould's "Birds
of Europe", vol ii."

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