VIVID blue and orange combine perfectly with a beautiful long tail – meet the white rumped Shama!

A bird that looks like a thrush and has a long graduated tail. Males are glossy black on top and a lovely rich chestnut underneath.

The Muscicapidaen family’s white-rumped shama (Copsychus malabaricus) is a tiny passerine bird. They are 9 to 11 inches long and weigh between 1 and 1.2 ounces. Males have a glossy black body with a flaming orange to yellow belly and white rump and outer tail feathers.

Females are grayish-brown in color and shorter than males.

The beak of both sexes is black, while the feet are pink. Juveniles have a blotchy or speckled chest and are grayish or brownish in appearance, similar to females.

These birds are native to South Asia, but they were brought to Kaua’i, Hawai’i, from Malaysia in early 1931, then to O’ahu in 1940.