Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Visayan Shama (Kittacincla superciliaris)


French: Shama des Visayas German: Visayasschama Spanish: Shama de las Bisayas

Cittocincla superciliaris

Bourns and Worcester

, 1894,

Masbate, Philippines


Until recently considered conspecific with K. luzoniensis, but differs genetically#R#R and by its all-dark vs rufous rump (3); all-dark wings and tail (lacking white wing patch and bold tail tips) (3); whiter underparts (1); shorter tail (effect size –4.75, score 2); and longer legs (effect size 2.71, score 2)#R. Monotypic.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.

Masbate, Negros, Panay and Ticao, in C Philippines.

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm. Adult male has forehead to crown and upperparts, as well as face to lower breast black or bluish black, with broad white supercilium from above lores to nape-sides... read more


Song is a complex series of clear, high-pitched whistles, sometimes with a slightly vibrating or... read more


Primary forest and second growth, usually below 1000 m.

Food and feeding

No information, but behaviour and diet apparently similar to those of K. luzoniensis.


Apparently nothing known.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Negros and Panay EBA. Believed to be locally common or scarce, but true status perhaps... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Visayan Shama (Kittacincla superciliaris). 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).