Estimated Wild Population
White-rumped shamas have a long black tail, a chestnut belly, a white patch on their lower back and rump, a black bill, and pink feet. Females are typically shorter than males and have a grayish-brown color. They primarily eat insects, such as ants, grasshoppers, and caterpillars.
Interesting Fact 1
White-rumped shamas are known for their loud, richly toned, melodious calls. They are also known to imitate the songs of other birds.
Interesting Fact 2
They reside in densely forested areas and rarely venture into the open. They are more often heard than seen.
Interesting Fact 3
White rumped shamas are one of the most highly traded species in the Asian songbird trade. In 2017, a single seizure involved more than 4,000 indivduals.
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Wildlife face many daunting challenges—some global, like planet-wide climate change, and some that affect individuals, like an animal ingesting plastic—but now is not the time to despair. None of these problems are too big for us to come together and solve.