Siberian Blue Robin

Scientific Name: Larvivora cyane

Malay Name: Murai-Kecil Biru Biasa

Chinese Name: 蓝歌鸲

Range: Found from eastern Russia, northeast China, Japan to Korea and winter to southern China, Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: bochaiensis, cyane, nechaevi.

Size: 13.5-14.5 cm

Identification: 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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Siberian Blue Robin Larvivora cyane
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Nov 26-Dec 02
Early date 01 Sep 2018
Late date 24 Apr 2016
This species is likely to be most numerous during the fall passage from Oct to Nov, but the earliest arrivals come in as early as Sep.


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.

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