Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

White-browed Shama (Kittacincla luzoniensis)


French: Shama bridé German: Brauenschama Spanish: Shama de Luzón

Turdus luzoniensis


, 1832,

Luzon, Philippines


Until recently considered conspecific with K. superciliaris. Race parvimaculata only rather weakly differentiated from nominate; shemleyi poorly known, and validity has been questioned. Deep genetic divergence reported among populations ascribed to nominate race from different parts of Luzon#R. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • K. l. luzoniensis (Kittlitz, 1832) – Luzon and Catanduanes, in N Philippines. Probably this race recently found on Alabat#R.
  • K. l. parvimaculata McGregor, 1910 – Polillo I.
  • K. l. shemleyi (duPont, 1976) – Marinduque.
  • Descriptive notes

    17–18 cm; 22·8–25·3 g. Male nominate race is bluish black from head to back and wings and breast, with white supercilium from over lores to nape, white wing patch, white... read more


    Song, given from low and concealed perch in dense forest understorey, a long, loud series of clear... read more


    Primary forest and second growth, usually below 1000 m.

    Food and feeding

    No information concerning diet, but presumably includes small invertebrates and their larvae. Usually in pairs, foraging low down or on... read more


    Apr–May. Nest a cup made of grass and dry leaves, placed low down in hollow stump or limb of tree or palm. Eggs two, pale green with heavy... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Luzon EBA. Believed to be generally common.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). White-browed Shama (Kittacincla luzoniensis). 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).