Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Rufous-tailed Shama (Trichixos pyrropygus)


French: Shama à queue rousse German: Feuerschwanzschama Spanish: Shama colirrufo

Trichixos pyrropyga


, 1839,



Genus name is masculine, species name is adjective, so, despite original spelling, species name must be corrected to masculine form. Monotypic.


Extreme S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.

Descriptive notes

20–22 cm; 41–46 g. Stout-billed and short-tailed shama. Male has bluish grey-black head to back and wings and breast, with short white preocular supercilium,... read more


Song a loud series of slow, mournful, often glissading whistles, several on one pitch before... read more


Lower storey of lowland and hill-slope primary broadleaf evergreen forest (less common in logged... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates (“insects”), so far as is known, with beetles recorded in one stomach; much more powerful bill and larger head than K.... read more


Juveniles in Feb and Apr in Peninsular Malaysia; breeding-condition birds Feb–Jun in N Borneo; parent carrying food late Aug in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Forest destruction in Sundaic lowlands has been so severe that all primary formations predicted to disappear by... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Rufous-tailed Shama (Trichixos pyrropygus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).