White-rumped shama in exhibit

White-rumped Shama

Scientific Name

Kittacincla malabaricus

Class

Aves

Order

Passeriformes

Range

Southern and southeastern Asia and some Indonesian islands

Habitat

Forests

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
White-rumped shama in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

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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