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White-vented Shama - BirdForum Opus

Photo by martinuk
Palawan, Philippines, March, 2012

Alternative names: Palawan Shama; Black Shama

Copsychus niger


18-21 cm.

  • All glossy black plumage
  • White undertail-coverts
  • Long graduated tail with four white outer feathers
  • Black bill and legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles have blackish-blue upperparts with buff streaks on crown and spotting on scapulars. The underparts are buffy-rufous with dark brown mottling on chin to mid-breast, the belly is darker brown, whitish on mid-belly to vent and with rufous-buff lower flanks.


Endemi to Palawan, Calamian Island and Balabac in the western Philippines.
An uncommon restricted-range species, locally fairly common.


This is a monotypic species.
Probably forms a superspecies with Black Shama. Has been considered conspecific with Oriental Magpie-Robin.


Found in lowland forest, at forest edge in scrub and secondary growth.



No information available.


Birds in breeding condition recorded in June, fledglings in August. No other information.


This is a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.2). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)

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