White-rumped Shama

Scientific Name: Copsychus malabaricus
Malay Name: Murai-Hutan Biasa
Chinese Name: 白腰鹊鸲

Found from Indian subcontinent, southern China to Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: malabaricus, leggei, macrourus, tricolor, melanurus, mirabilis, nigricauda, suavis.

Local Subspecies: tricolor

Size: 21.5-28 cm

Male has glossy blue-black head, upperparts and upper breast, orange-rufous rest of underparts, conspicuous white rump and long blackish tail. Female resembles male but blue-black plumage replaced by dark grey and has shorter tail. Juvenile resembles female but has buff speckles on upperparts and dark scales at throat and upper breast.

Similar looking species: Oriental Magpie-Robin

Habitat: Forest, forest edge and wooded areas.

Behaviour/Ecology: Forages mainly on the ground amongst leaf litter.

Local Status: Uncommon resident, though genomic analyses have shown that populations on Singapore island are primarily derived from captive birds.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Venus Drive, Lower Pierce Boardwalk, Hindhede Nature Park, Bidadari, Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2017). Kittacincla malabarica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.