Species names in all available languages
|English (United States)||African Tailorbird|
|French (French Guiana)||Apalis couturière|
|Serbian||Afrička ptica krojač|
|Spanish (Spain)||Sastrecillo africano|
Flemming P. Jensen revised the account. Peter Pyle contributed to the Plumages, Molts, and Structure page. Peter F. D. Boesman contributed to the Sounds and Vocal Behaviors page. August Davidson-Onsgard curated the media. Huy C. Truong updated the distribution map. JoAnn Hackos, Daphne R. Walmer, and Robin K. Murie copyedited the account.
Artisornis metopias (Reichenow, 1907)
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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
Life Span and Survivorship
Disease and Body Parasites
Causes of Mortality
Population Spatial Metrics
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).