Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Black Shama (Kittacincla cebuensis)


French: Shama de Cebu German: Cebuschama Spanish: Shama de Cebú

Cittocincla cebuensis


, 1890,

no locality = Cebu Island, Philippines


Sister-species to K. nigra#R. Monotypic.


Cebu, in SC Philippines.

Descriptive notes

20 cm. Male is glossy blue-black, with long graduated tail, black bill and legs. Female is similar but blackish-grey. Juvenile undescribed; immature greyer than adult, with... read more


Song a long series of rich, varied whistled phrases, rising and falling, with quick changes of... read more


Primary forest (almost none remaining) and dense undergrowth of secondary habitats, including scrub... read more

Food and feeding

Small black beetles found in one stomach. Forages on ground and in low vegetation. No other published information, but flycatching reported... read more


Feb–Sept. Nest a cup often placed in broken end of large bamboo stalk. Eggs 2–3. No other information.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Cebu EBA. Population placed in range 1000–2500 mature individuals, but these figures may be too high; considered in... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Black Shama (Kittacincla cebuensis). 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 25 February 2020).