Shows long black tail, extending up to a further 6 cm in the male, with white outer feather and white rump. Male: glossy blue-black upperparts and upper breast, deep orange-rufous lower breast and belly. Female: black parts of plumage replaced with slaty grey and underparts duller, paler. Tail shorter then in male.
evergreen and mixed deciduous forests secondary growth, bamboo up to 1500 m. Very common resident. HABITAT AND ECOLOGY This species inhabits lowland tropical moist forest, swamp forest, overgrown tree plantations, secondary jungle, mangroves and forest clearings, from sea-level to 1,500 m in Thailand, but more usually to 500-600 m. It tends to prefer undergrowth and shady ravines, where it forages on the ground and in the lower strata for arthropods, also taking worms and berries (Collar 2005).
song richer, more melodious and fluty then Oriental Magpie-Robin; sometimes mimics other birds. Calls with a harsh crack
Juvenile rusty-buff spotting on wing coverts. Rather shy; usually keeps inside dense bushes.
CLASS : Aves
ORDER : Passeriformes
FAMILY : Muscicapidae
GENUS : Kittacincla
SPECIES : White-rumped Shama (Kittacincla malabarica)
Conservation status : Least Concern
Update : 06 April 2017