White-rumped shama in exhibit

White-rumped Shama

Scientific Name
Kittacincla malabaricus
Southern and southeastern Asia and some Indonesian islands
Estimated Wild Population
White-rumped shama in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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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.

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White-rumped shamas are known for their loud, richly toned, melodious calls. They are also known to imitate the songs of other birds.

They reside in densely forested areas and rarely venture into the open. They are more often heard than seen.

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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