Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

White-vented Shama (Kittacincla nigra)


French: Shama noir German: Rußschama Spanish: Shama de Palawan

Cittocincla nigra


, 1877,

Palawan, Philippines


Sister-species to K. cebuensis#R. Has sometimes been considered closely related to, and possibly conspecific with, Copsychus saularis, but a close relationship is rejected by genetic data#R. Monotypic.


Calamian Is, Palawan and Balabac, in W Philippines.

Descriptive notes

18–21 cm. All glossy black, with white undertail-coverts and white four outer feathers of long graduated tail; bill and legs black. Sexes similar. Juvenile is blackish-... read more


Song a loud, varied and melodious series of phrases repeated 2–3 times, rising and falling,... read more


Lowland forest and forest edge, second growth and scrub.

Food and feeding

No information.


Breeding-condition bird Jun and fledgling Aug. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Palawan EBA. Uncommon; perhaps locally fairly common.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). White-vented Shama (Kittacincla nigra). 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).