Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Singer : White rumped Shama

White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus)

Take a walk in any of the forests of the state, you will come across this songster bird, often identified by its never ending melodious tunes. Often seen behind the bushes, this bird is one of the first to wake you up in the morning. Found virtually in all the forest patches, this specie is a serious contender for the award of the "best singing bird of the state".
Male has a long graduated tail with whitish edges. Female has a comparatively shorter and square shaped tail. Both of them derive their name from the characteristic white rump. Male has a orange breast with bluish black upper parts. Female has a duller underparts with greyish upper-parts. Juvenile bird has orangish spots with a breast having scaly appearance.

Can be seen frequently cocking the tail.

                                           Female       Location: Dhurduruchampa (Similipal)                                                    
         Male           Location: Ranasa(Similipal)                                                                                                                    
                                             Male Bird                            Location: Balidhar (Similipal)
                                      Female Bird                            Location: Upper Barhakamuda (Similipal)

                                         Juvenile Bird                            Location: Chahala (Similipal)