“This White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus mallopercnus) is constantly trapped locally to be caged as a song bird (despite legal restrictions). So I am delighted that it has been able to slowly multiply at this site. From one pair that I usually see at this site (2-3 km trail through primary jungle), in 3 years there are at least 3 adults, hopefully 3 pairs.
“Not easy to spot as they stay in the bamboo thickets and prefer the vicinity of small streams – possibly what is keeping it un-caged. There are concerns as nearby is a local village where quite a few persons keep caged birds.
“The song of the male is attached: HERE. Loves to respond if I mimic its call.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, 6th April 2010
Image by Sun Chong Hong.