African Tailorbird Artisornis metopias Scientific name definitions

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

Diet and Foraging


Limited information. Forages low in undergrowth, gleaning small arthropod prey from leaves and stems, sometimes in association with driver ants.


Forages low in dense undergrowth, hopping from branch to branch and through herbaceous growth, often in pairs or family groups, gleaning tiny prey from leaves and stems, occasionally also from spider webs, extending legs to reach prey at times (44). Sometimes follows columns of driver ants, mainly in cut-over areas and other dense, disturbed vegetation (44).


Information needed. The diet is believed to consist mainly of small invertebrates, chiefly insects.

Food Selection and Storage

Information needed.

Nutrition and Energetics

Information needed.

Metabolism and Temperature Regulation

Information needed.

Drinking, Pellet-Casting, and Defecation

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