Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Andaman Shama (Kittacincla albiventris)


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

Kittacincla albiventris


, 1858,

#R#R, Great Andaman Island


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.


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


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


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.


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



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. (2020). 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 on 28 February 2020).