Backyard Birds

Magpie-Robins or Shamas

The magpie-robins or shamas are medium-sized birds that occur in African and Asian gardens and forests.

These birds mostly feed on insects, but some species also take berries and other fruits.



Species list:

  • Madagascar Magpie Robin, Copsychus albospecularis
  • Oriental Magpie Robin, Copsychus saularis
  • White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus
  • Seychelles Magpie Robin, Copsychus sechellarum
  • White-browed Shama, Copsychus luzoniensis
  • White-vented Shama, Copsychus niger: Endemic to the Philippines.
  • Black Shama, Copsychus cebuensis:
    The Black Shama is endemic to the island of Cebu, Philippines. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, and plantations.It has been sighted in several locations all across the island, the most important sites being the Central Cebu Protected Landscape, the forests of Alcoy and Argao, and the shrublands of Casili, Consolacion. The continued existence of this species is threatened by habitat destruction.
  • Rufous-tailed Shama, Trichixos pyrropyga :
    The Rufous-tailed Shama is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family. It is monotypic (one single species) within the genus Trichixos. It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. It inhabits subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and tropical swamps. This species is threatened by habitat destruction.

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