Check Out The Grayscale Tailed White Rumped Shama

White Rumped Shama

While going to the office or for some other work, you stop and behold the sight of the bird, because it gives you a different kind of connection with nature that is unaccountable. 

No matter how small or colored the bird is, it always captivates the mind and thought for hours. This is how the White Rumped Shama makes you feel.

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It is a small passerine bird that is scientifically named the Copsychus Malabaricus. White Rumped Shama is native to the densely vegetated areas in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. 

The most fascinating thing about the White Rumped Shama is its grayscale tail. The black and White tail feathers of the bird give a monochrome appearance.

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White Rumped Shama

It is commonly caged for its sweet voice. The tiny White Rumped Shama typically weighs around 28 to 34 grams and is 9 to 11 inches in size. Males have glossy black upperparts followed by a chestnut belly. While females are grayish-brown and shorter in size than males.

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Read further to know more about this grayscale-tailed White Rumped Shama.

Their courtship display story can surprise you.

Males of White Rumped Shama chase females and alight above the female. They give a shrill call and then flick out their tail feathers. Females also follow this rise-and-fall pattern, if any male becomes unsuccessful in doing so then the female rejects him and threatens him by opening her mouth.

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White Rumped Shama

Learn about their breeding season.

They breed mainly from April to June, but their breeding season occurs from January and lasts until September in South Asia. 

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White Rumped Shama females build the nest alone.

Females build their nests while males guard. They build their nest by using roots, leaves, ferns, and stems. 

Females lay 4-5 eggs in a clutch and they are incubated by females only.

Females lay a clutch of eggs of white to light aqua color and have some brown speckles on them. They incubate their eggs for 12 to 15 days though both the males and females feed the young ones. 

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White Rumped Shama young ones and nest

Mainly White Rumped Shama feed on insects but in captivity, they may be fed on a diet of egg yolk, raw meat, and boiled-dried legumes.  

White Rumped Shama eating insect

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You are fortunate to hear the voice of White Rumped Shama

You’d be amazed to know that the bird is often caged for its pleasant voice. They have loud and clear voices with a variety of phrases. 

When they sense any intruder or threat while foraging, they make a ‘Tck” call in alarm.

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White Rumped Shama

White Rumped Shamas are mostly found across scrub and secondary forests in South and Southeast Asia. 

Hope you enjoyed reading this article about the bird! We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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