The white rumped shama is the melodious bird you
hear singing in your garden this time of year.
The male of the white-rumped shama is a
master singer in your monsoon garden! The song is a melodious jungle flute,
somewhat resembling the common blackbird of Europe (observed once in
Thailand). Curiously, although the white-rumped shama is said to be in
Chiang Mai all year round, we see it more frequently in the cool season.
Maybe some migratory individuals from China make a stop here at Dokmai
Garden, or maybe Thai mountain individuals move down to the warmer Chiang
The male is conspicuous with its black head and breast, and a long tail. The
female is much more modest in appearance (see the Dokmai Garden picture
below). She deserves protection, as she is the mother of future master
singers and a pest control consultant. According to the American Bird
Conservancy cats in the US kill hundreds of millions of birds. The cat
problem in Thailand is even more severe.