Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Near Threatened

Socotra Cisticola (Cisticola haesitatus)


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

Drymoeca haesitata

P. L. Sclater and Hartlaub

, 1881,



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


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


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


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.


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



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 on 17 September 2019).