male; black hood; rufous underparts; long tail (Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-08)

White-rumped Shama
Copsychus malabaricus

Native Range: Oriental Region

Notes: this species belongs to a huge and diverse family (Muscicapidae, with nearly 300 species) of chats and Old World Flycatchers; although native to the Oriental Region, the White-rumped Shama has been introduced elsewhere such as into the Hawaiian Islands where these photographs were taken.

dorsal view; white rump gives the bird its name (Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-08)

ventral view; long tail has graduated feathers (Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-08)

slightly decurved bill; black eye (Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-08)

female; gray wherever the male is jet black (Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-08)

female; tail likewise graduated and white below (Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-08)

female posing for a portrait (Hawaii, USA; 2007-04-08)