The Shama thrushes, Magpie-robins or shamas, derive their name from shama, a Hindi word for the White-rumped Shama. They are medium-sized insectivorous birds some of which also eat berries and other fruit. There are two genera Copsychus and Trichixos. They were formerly in the thrush family Turdidae, but are more often now treated as part of the Old World flycatchers Muscicapidae.
They are African and Asian garden and forest dwelling birds.
The species include:
Madagascar Magpie Robin, Copsychus albospecularis
Oriental Magpie Robin, Copsychus saularis
White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus
Seychelles Magpie Robin, Copsychus sechellarum
White-browed Shama, Copsychus luzoniensis
White-vented Shama, Copsychus niger
Black Shama, Copsychus cebuensis
Rufous-tailed Shama, Trichixos pyrropyga