Tana River Cisticola Cisticola restrictus


Justification of Red List Category
The status of this species is highly uncertain. There is insufficient information to estimate range, population size or trend, consequently the species is classified as Data Deficient.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as data deficient and possibly extinct (del Hoyo et al. 2006).

Trend justification
The population trend is unknown as this species has not been located in its known range since 1972 (del Hoyo et al. 2006).

Distribution and population

Cisticola restrictus is known from a small number of specimens, all collected in the lower Tana River basin (at Karawa, Garsen, Ijole, Mnazini and Sangole [Urban et al. 1997]) in eastern Kenya, though it may also be found in Somalia. Recent attempts to locate the species in the field have been unsuccessful, and it has not been seen since 1972. Speculation over the validity of the taxon has shifted into rejection, but further examination of the type-material is desirable for a final conclusion.


The species was collected in semi-arid, sandy Acacia bushland from the lowlands to 500 m.



Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Further examine type-material to clarify taxonomic status. Carry out further surveys of potentially suitable habitat within the lower Tana River basin.


Text account compilers
Evans, M., Shutes, S., Symes, A., Westrip, J., Martin, R

Borrow, N.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Cisticola restrictus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/02/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/02/2021.