Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Andaman Shama (Kittacincla albiventris)


Taxonomy

French: Shama des Andaman German: Andamanenschama Spanish: Shama culiblanco
Taxonomy:

Kittacincla albiventris

Blyth

, 1858,

#R#R, Great Andaman Island

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Until recently considered conspecific with K. malabarica, but differs in its black vs rufous lower breast (i.e. black extends much further down breast) (3); white vs rufous belly (3); shorter tail#R (allow 1); song phrases generally shorter with fewer notes (ns[1]), with lower mean minimum and lower maximum frequency (2) and always vs very rarely ending with low-frequency whistle (2)#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Andaman Is.

Descriptive notes

c. 25 cm (including male tail 12 cm). Adult is rather like formerly conspecific C. malabarica, but has white underparts with rear flanks tinged rufous, pale orange... read more

Voice

Song is like that of C. malabarica, but simpler, lower-pitched (0·8–2·2 kHz vs. 1–4 kHz in... read more

Habitat

Inhabits dense forest, scrub and gardens, but is apparently most numerous in densely vegetated... read more

Food and feeding

Diet unknown, but presumably very similar to that of C. malabarica. Foraging behaviour appears to be undescribed.

Breeding

Apparently very little known, but season apparently late May–late Jun, constructing a nest of grasses and dry bamboo leaves, lined with... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Andaman Islands EBA. Recorded on at least ten islands. No population estimates, but has been... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Andaman Shama (Kittacincla albiventris). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/1344036 on 18 September 2019).