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White-rumped Shama

Copsychus malabaricus

Range

  • Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia

Habitat

  • Forests

Diet

  • Ants
  • Grasshoppers
  • Caterpillars

Males and females vary slightly in appearance with males being mainly blue-black while females are more grayish-brown.

They sing a variety of loud calls and often mimic other birds. One of the first recordings ever made of bird song was of this species in 1889. Though shy, they are territorial and share that territory with their mate. Males with longer tails appear to have larger territories.

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