Definition of shama in English:



  • A long-tailed forest thrush of southern Asia, typically having blackish plumage with a reddish-brown belly.

    Genus Copsychus, family Turdidae: five species

    • ‘Regulars in the yard were many, but the stand-outs were a white-crowned shama and a lesser cuckoo-shrike.’
    • ‘Chinese thrushes compete with other birds with extraordinary names: white-rumped shamas, red-whiskered bulbuls.’
    • ‘Flocks of wintering water birds include the thrush, the kingfisher, the robin, the shama, the barbet, the bee-eater, the flycatcher, the sunbird, the bulbul and the drongo.’
    • ‘Arguably the best songbird, the shama is a forest dweller and difficult to spot.’


Mid 19th century: from Hindi śyāma, from Sanskrit.