Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Data Deficient

Tana River Cisticola (Cisticola restrictus)


French: Cisticole du Tana German: Tanazistensänger Spanish: Cistícola del Tana

Cisticola restricta


, 1967,

Karawa, lower Tana River, Kenya


Taxonomic status uncertain; although ranked as a full species, may be either an aberrant C. cinereolus or a hybrid between that species and C. chiniana; vocally said to recall C. chiniana, but has never been sound-recorded; not reported since early 1970s#R#R. Monotypic.


Lower R Tana Valley, in E Kenya.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 12–15 g. A medium-sized, relatively slender, streak-backed cisticola with long, rounded tail; pale, washed-out appearance. Has creamy face with grey-brown cheek... read more


Reported as similar to that of C. chiniana.


Semi-arid acacia (Acacia) scrub on flat sandy plains and black cotton soils.

Food and feeding

Diet mainly insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera). No other information.


No information.


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Data Deficient. Restricted-range species: present in East African Coastal Forests EBA. Known from only seven museum specimens... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Tana River Cisticola (Cisticola restrictus). 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 23 February 2020).