BLACK SHAMA (Copsychus cebuensis)

BLACK SHAMA (Copsychus cebuensis)
BLACK SHAMA (Copsychus cebuensis)

Description: The black shama is a shy, elusive songbird that occurs only in the Philippines. Males are blue-black, females are brownish, and both have black bills, eyes, and legs. They are gifted singers, producing complicated yet melodious calls lasting 20 seconds or more. The habitat of the black shama is the lowlands and forest foothills of the island of Cebu, but deforestation has reduced its numbers and they are now quite rare.

IUCN Status: Endangered

USFWS Status: Endangered

Major Threat: Habitat loss and degradation

Habitat: Lowland forest and foothills, often in deep ravines and bamboo thickets

Location: Cebu Island in the Philippines

Diet: Insects, especially beetles and crickets; also fruit sap