Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Near Threatened

Socotra Cisticola (Cisticola haesitatus)


Taxonomy

French: Cisticole de Socotra German: Sokotrazistensänger Spanish: Cistícola de Socotora
Taxonomy:

Drymoeca haesitata

P. L. Sclater and Hartlaub

, 1881,

Socotra

.

Sometimes treated as a race of C. juncidis and perhaps also closely related to C. cherina. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Socotra I.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 6–8 g. A small cisticola with medium-short rounded tail and streaked upperparts. In breeding plumage has greyish face, slight supercilium; dark-streaked... read more

Voice

Male song, in flight, from exposed perch or softly from within vegetation, a series of monotonous... read more

Habitat

Mostly in coastal lowlands, including areas of halophytic vegetation dominated by Limonium... read more

Food and feeding

Diet consists mainly of insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera). Forages in low bushes.

Breeding

Oct–Nov in lowlands; one record of a pair with recently fledged young in highlands in Apr. Probably monogamous and territorial;... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Socotra EBA. Locally fairly common and widespread in coastal lowlands.... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Socotra Cisticola (Cisticola haesitatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/58641 on 17 September 2019).