African Tailorbird Artisornis metopias Scientific name definitions

Flemming P. Jensen and Peter F. D. Boesman
Version: 2.0 — Published December 23, 2022

Demography and Populations


The African Tailorbird is common in most of its range, but no estimates of overall population are available. Populations are presumed to be in decline owing to loss and degradation of montane forest habitat, including impacts associated with climate change. There is no information on nest success, survivorship, or population regulation.

Measures of Breeding Activity

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Life Span and Survivorship

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Disease and Body Parasites

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Causes of Mortality

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Population Spatial Metrics

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Population Status


There are no estimates of overall population size, but the African Tailorbird is considered to be common in most of its range. It is fairly common at Mount Nilo in East Usambara Mountains (Tanzania) (24), uncommon in the Nguru Mountains (Tanzania) (27), but common in the Uluguru Mountains (Tanzania) (29, 30). It is generally common in the Udzungwa Mountains (Tanzania) (32, 33, 49, 34) with densities of 53 pairs/100 ha in the Uzungwa Scarp Forest (45). It is also common on Mount Chitagal and Serra Jeci (Mozambique) (38).


There are no data on population trends, but some populations are expected to be declining due to loss and degradation of montane forest and climate change (see Effects of Human Activity).

Population Regulation

Information needed.

Recommended Citation

Jensen, F. P. and P. F. D. Boesman (2022). African Tailorbird (Artisornis metopias), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (P. G. Rodewald, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.afrtai2.02