Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Socotra Warbler (Incana incana)


French: Cisticole pâle German: Hartlaubzistensänger Spanish: Prinia de Socotora

Cisticola incana

P. L. Sclater and Hartlaub

, 1881,






Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 9–12 g. A fairly nondescript, cisticola-like warbler, fairly long and graduated tail with twelve rectrices. Male has face and neck side greyish-white,... read more


Song, seldom heard, a quiet, slightly hesitant trill lasting 1–1·5 seconds. Typical call a... read more


Scrub and grassland, including dense Tamarix scrub on coastal dunes, hill slopes and wadis... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly insects. Forages by gleaning among low bushes and on the ground, with tail held partly cocked.


Dec–Feb. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Nest a neat ball with side entrance, made from grass and decorated with lichen,... read more


Presumably mostly resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Socotra EBA. Fairly common. Densities of up to 0·28 birds/ha in coastal habitats, lower in foothills; total... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Socotra Warbler (Incana incana). 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 20 August 2019).