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Island Cisticola Cisticola haesitatus
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IUCN Red List Criteria

Near Threatened (criteria nearly met) D2 

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Near Threatened
2008 Near Threatened
2005 Near Threatened
2004 Vulnerable
2000 Vulnerable
1996 Vulnerable
1994 Vulnerable
1988 Threatened

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 760 medium
Area of Occupancy breeding/resident (km2) 80 good
Number of locations 11-100 -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals 8000 good Estimated 2004
Population trend Stable medium -
Number of subpopulations 1 - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 4.2 - - -
Population justification: An additional 1,000 pairs were discovered in the Plateau of Ma'la above Qalancia during February 2004 (Omar Al-Sagheir in litt. 2004). The discovery of this new population puts the total population at around 4,000 pairs (Richard Porter verbally 2004), or 8,000 mature individuals, equivalent to about 12,000 individuals in total.
Trend justification: There are no new data on population trends; however, the population is still thought to be stable.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Yemen Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Yemen Hajhir mountains, Socotra site factsheet
Yemen Noged Plain, Socotra site factsheet
Yemen North Coastal Plain / airport to Di Selmeho / Ghubbah (Airport dunes), Socotra site factsheet
Yemen Shu'ub Coast / Coast of Bindar Di-Sha'b, Socotra site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude marginal resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Altitude 0 - 100 m Occasional altitudinal limits (max) 870 m

Threats & impact

Threat (level 1) Threat (level 2) Impact and Stresses
Agriculture & aquaculture Annual & perennial non-timber crops / Small-holder farming Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Minority (<50%) Unknown Unknown
Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion
Agriculture & aquaculture Livestock farming & ranching / Small-holder grazing, ranching or farming Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Unknown Unknown
Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion
Human intrusions & disturbance Recreational activities Timing Scope Severity Impact
Future Minority (<50%) Unknown Unknown
Species disturbance, Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Cisticola haesitatus. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Near Threatened
Family Cisticolidae (Cisticolas and allies)
Species name author (Sclater & Hartlaub, 1881)
Population size 8000 mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 760 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species