Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

by

Rudyard Kipling

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Small birds native to the jungles of Asia. They’re so named because they tend to “sew” their nests together using leaves and fibers, kept high in bushes and trees to stay safe from danger.

Tailorbird Quotes in Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

The Rikki-Tikki-Tavi quotes below are all either spoken by Tailorbird or refer to Tailorbird. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Man and the Natural World Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Puffin edition of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi published in 1984.
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Quotes

But his wife was a sensible bird, and she knew that cobra’s eggs meant young cobras later on. So she flew off from the nest, and left Darzee to keep the babies warm, and continue his song about the death of Nag. Darzee was very like a man in some ways.

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Tailorbird Term Timeline in Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

The timeline below shows where the term Tailorbird appears in Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Man and the Natural World Theme Icon
Colonialism as a Benevolent Force Theme Icon
The Importance of Family Theme Icon
Courage and Cowardice Theme Icon
While in the garden Rikki-tikki encounters Darzee the tailorbird and his wife, who are mourning the loss of one of their babies. It fell... (full context)
Man and the Natural World Theme Icon
The Importance of Family Theme Icon
Courage and Cowardice Theme Icon
...fear from them. He challenges Nag by demanding to know why the cobra ate the tailorbirds’ baby out of the nest. (full context)
Colonialism as a Benevolent Force Theme Icon
The Importance of Family Theme Icon
...singing a song of triumph at Nag’s death. The mongoose is supremely irritated at the tailorbird’s joy, since Nagaina and the cobra eggs are still at large. He asks Darzee where... (full context)