Thrushes (Turdidae)

White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus) - HBW 10, p. 765

French: Shama à croupion blanc German: Schamadrossel Spanish: Shama Culiblanco
Other common names: Shama; White-crowned Shama (stricklandii)

Taxonomy: Muscicapa malabarica Scopoli, 1788, Mahé, Malabar, India.
Race stricklandii (together with barbouri) commonly treated as a separate species, but intergrades with suavis over a zone almost 300 km wide. Distinctive insular race albiventris putatively worthy of species status; detailed analysis needed. Additional described races based on minor differences and small sample sizes: indicus (Nepal E to N Indochina), pellogynus (SE Myanmar, Peninsular Thailand) and minor (Hainan I) regarded as synonyms of interpositus; mallopercnus (W Malaysia), javanus (W & C Java), omissus (E.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Muscicapa malabarica Scopoli, 1788, Mahé, Malabar, India.
Race stricklandii (together with barbouri) commonly treated as a separate species, but intergrades with suavis over a zone almost 300 km wide. Distinctive insular race albiventris putatively worthy of species status; detailed analysis needed. Additional described races based on minor differences and small sample sizes: indicus (Nepal E to N Indochina), pellogynus (SE Myanmar, Peninsular Thailand) and minor (Hainan I) regarded as synonyms of interpositus; mallopercnus (W Malaysia), javanus (W & C Java), omissus (E Java), eumesus (Natuna Is) and ochroptilus (Anamba Is) as synonyms of tricolor; and opisthopelus (Batu Is) and opisthisus (Banyak Is) as synonyms of melanurus. It seems rather improbable that characters of macrourus will prove constant, in which case this name would apply to all populations currently placed in interpositus. Twelve subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • malabaricus (Scopoli, 1786) - W & S India.
  • leggei (Whistler, 1941) - Sri Lanka.
  • interpositus (Robinson & Kloss, 1922) - Nepal, N, CE & NE India, Myanmar, S China (S Yunnan), Thailand and Indochina.

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  • malabaricus (Scopoli, 1786) - W & S India.
  • leggei (Whistler, 1941) - Sri Lanka.
  • interpositus (Robinson & Kloss, 1922) - Nepal, N, CE & NE India, Myanmar, S China (S Yunnan), Thailand and Indochina.
  • macrourus (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - Con Son I, in S Vietnam.
  • albiventris (Blyth, 1859) - Andaman Is.
  • tricolor (Vieillot, 1818) - W Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Bangka, Belitung, Natuna Is and Anamba Is.
  • melanurus (Salvadori, 1887) - W Sumatran islands (except Enggano).
  • mirabilis Hoogerwerf, 1962 - Prinsen I.
  • nigricauda (Vorderman, 1893) - Kangean I.
  • stricklandii Motley & Dillwyn, 1855 - N Borneo, including Banggi I.
  • suavis P. L. Sclater, 1861 - Borneo (Sarawak and Kalimantan).
  • barbouri (Bangs & J. L. Peters, 1927) - Maratua Is, in E Borneo.