Monday, October 20, 2014

Dry food for shamas

As an update to my 17 October post titled "Letter from France" visit Jeffrey's blog and see how wonderful Jeff's dry food is.  The video shows a shama mother feeding her chicks with moistened dry food although live crickets are nearby.

My Samyong

The song of my Samyongs continue to improve.  Below is the video of Samyong No. 1 that was recorded over the weekend.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Letter from France

Below is a new blog on shamas by Loutfi (Huli Papu). It is in French but a transalation into English is available on the site: 

I also set out below an email that I received from Loutfi yesterday (16/9/14):

Hello David,

On the 18th of September, I sent to you fotos of a pair Shamas in very bad condition that I had just bought from a breeder here in France. You will find the foto of the female Shama that I sent to you, attached with this e-mail, as she was on 18th september.

Then, I took the "opportunity" to strictly apply your recommendations and using Jeffrey's Shama Food to see what will be the results.

You will find the results in the fotos that I just took today, the 16th October, that is to say not 1 month later and I think that the fotos speak better than words ...

I send you this first report regarding only the female because the male is still molting his tails ... and I should be able to give a report within a few weeks ... 

Warmest regards

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Update report on DDS265

On 29 September, I posted a video of Ballet Dancer's son (DDS265) that Jeffrey Low is looking after for his friend during its molt. The bird is presently only 5 1/2 months old. It has been named "Samsom".

The video below shows how the molt has progressed in the 16 days since the last recording. The molt is not complete and the tails should continue to grow longer.

There was no attempt to make the bird sing and display for the video as a rise in form during the molt can adversely affect the tail length and the bird's form after the molt. Nevertheless, the taimong's strong character and the nature of its potential display can be seen from the video.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Boy Wonder, 121014

This is Boy Wonder at the end of his 2nd molt. The video was recorded on my handphone yesterday. He shows great promise.  Some birds sing but don't display.  Others display but don't sing much.  He does both.
His performance in the video was unexpected as he is only just completing his molt.  He was hatched on 21 October 2013 and is slightly less than a year old. Both his song and display should continue to improve as he continues to gain form.  He should reach top form in 1 to 1 1/2 months.
Furthermore, shamas reach full maturity when they are 3 to 4 years old, so he still has much development to go.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Shama juvenile - DDS292

This is Falcon's and Funkie's daughter's youngest son, DDS292, at 60 days of age. The first video was recorded by Jeffrey on his handphone and it shows the general condition and movement of the bird.  The 2nd video, which I recorded, shows the posture of the bird which is something that I try to breed in my shamas.

I recorded the videos below of my Samyong yesterday.  It has recently completed its molt and is presently in top form. It takes the same food and receives the same care as my shamas.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Female juvenile & Sting

This is Ballet Dancer's daughter that I bred earlier this year.  It is presently less than 4 months old and still a "baby" as can be seen from the sides of its beak. It is fed on Jeffrey's shama food.

It has completed its body molt but the tails still have much growth left. I would regard the molt so far as "perfect". Just see the alert expression in its eyes and the slightly raised white rump feathers of this very young bird. The good fortune to get birds like this bode well for the future of my captive shama breeding.

The photographs below are of Sting that I took last night.  The photos were taken under fluorescent lighting so they are not very good.  I had transferred him from the breeding aviary to a cage as my neighbour is carrying out renovations and the noise had upset the pair.  He was feeling exuberant so I took the photos to record his displays.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


This is DDS263 - a female shama that I bred in April this year from Flame.  It was acquired by Somchai's friend from Jeffrey Low when it was a taimong (juvenile).

After Somchai's friend had kept it for sometime, Somchai had sent a photo of the bird to Jeff that showed the bird in the beginning of its molt.  It seemed to Jeff from the photo that the bird was not in the best condition for its molt and Jeff had suggested to Somchai that his friend change the bird's dry food to the one that Jeff is using.

Somchai sent me the photo yesterday of the bird showing the result of having been fed on JL's Power Shama Food throughout most of the molt.

Somchai commented that he did no know if the bird had fully completed its molt or if the tails are still growing.  He felt that if the bird had been fed on Jeff's food in preparation for the molt, the tails might well have grown longer. However, his friend is well satisfied with the bird and its breeding potential.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Taimong molt - update

On 3rd September 2014, I posted a video of Ballet Dancer's son that was part way through its first molt.  Below is a recent video of its progress under Jeffrey's care:

The video shows that, with proper care, a captive-bred shama can be maintained in as good a condition or better than any shama in the wild.  It also shows the type of structure that my friends and I try to breed into our birds.  Note that even when the bird is at rest, it has an upright stance that gives the bird an aura of health and confidence.