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White-rumped Shama Thrush Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Copsychus malabaricus
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    The species is native to south and southeast Asia and some Indonesian islands. As a result of their popularity in the pet trade, escaped birds may have contributed to more recently established populations in Hawaii and Taiwan, where they are considered an invasive species.
  • Status

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies the white-rumped shama thrush as a species of least concern.
  • Habitat

    These birds reside in densely forested areas, rarely venturing into the open. They are more often heard than seen.
  • Niche

    White-rumped shama thrushes eat insects such as ants, grasshoppers and caterpillars.
  • Life History

    The species breeds from March to June. Nests are built in holes in low trees or in undergrowth. Females lay two to three eggs, which are light green with brown spots. Males are territorial and will sing to warn other males in the vicinity.
  • Special Adaptations

    White-rumped shama thrushes are known for their loud, richly toned, melodious calls. The species is also known to imitate the songs of other birds.


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