Scientific Name: Larvivora cyane
Malay Name: Murai-Kecil Biru Biasa
Chinese Name: 蓝歌鸲
Found from eastern Russia, northeast China, Japan to Korea and winter to southern China, Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia
Polytypic. Subspecies are: bochaiensis, cyane, nechaevi.
Size: 13.5-14.5 cm
Male has dark blue upperparts, white underparts and pinkish legs. Female resembles male but has greyish-brown upperparts often with some dull blue on rump and uppertail-coverts, buffish-white throat and variably scaled throat-sides and breast. First-winter male resembles female but has more dull blue on upperparts.
Habitat: Forest, parks, gardens and wooded areas.
Behaviour/Ecology: Forages at the lowest under storey or on the forest floor. Usually seen bathing in forest streams at dusk.
Local Status: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Central Catchment Forest, Venus Drive, Lower Pierce Boardwalk, Bidadari, Singapore Botanic Gardens and Tuas South.
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
BirdLife International. (2016). Larvivora cyane. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22709730A94221078.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.