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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Siberian Blue Robin)

BirdLife International. (2016). Larvivora cyane. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.