Common shama thrush

A pretty little song bird which is instantly recognisable by its long tail.

Originally found in India and southeast Asia, its popularity as a pet and as a beautiful singer lead to it being introduced to other places like Hawaii.

They can also be found in Taiwan but there they are regarded as a bit of a pest because they like to eat local insects and they can be aggressive towards native birds.

They’re quite particular where they make their nests. If they can find an old hollow tree, then they’re happy!

Common shama thrush questions and answers

What do they eat?
In the wild they feed on small insects.

Where do they like to live?
In Asia, they love dense undergrowth especially bamboo forests.

Do both the male and female build the nest?
No they don’t, the nest is built by the female while the male stands guard.

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