White-rumped Shama

Shama

Scientific Name:
Copsychus malabaricus

Range:
India, Southeast Asia

Habitat:
Scrub, secondary forest

Average Size:
Body Length: 9-11 inches
Weight: 1-1.5 ounces

Lifespan:
undocumented

IUCN Status:
Least Concern (LC)

Diet:
Wild: Insects, fruit, seeds
Zoo: Insects, fruit, seeds

Reproduction:
Incubation: 12-15 days
Clutch Size: 4-5 eggs

White-rumped Shama

About the Animal:
This small, shy bird is deceptively territorial, especially during mating season. It willingly harasses birds much larger than itself when defending its breeding area.

Mating and Reproduction:
This bird’s courtship and reproduction has not been documented

Amazing Information:
Like the thrushes to whom they are related, White-rumped Shamas are natural mimics and sing a wide variety of songs. It adds and subtracts from its “vocabulary” constantly

Where in the Zoo:
You can find the White-rumped Shama in the Sadler Building