Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Endangered

Black Shama (Kittacincla cebuensis)


Taxonomy

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

Cittocincla cebuensis

Steere

, 1890,

no locality = Cebu Island, Philippines

.

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58489 on 23 August 2019).