Siberian Blue Robin

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.

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BirdLife International. (2016). Larvivora cyane. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.