Siberian Blue Robin

The Siberian blue robin (Larvivora cyane) is a small passerine bird that was formerly known as a member of the Turdidae thrush family, but is now considered more generally to belong to the Muscicapidae flycatcher tribe of the Old World. It and related tiny European species are sometimes referred to as chats.


Siberian Blue Robin



Latest analysis indicates that, along with the Japanese and Ryūkyū robins, this species and several other East Asian members of Luscinia should be placed into a different group. The name of the genus Larvivora derives from the latest Latin larva meaning caterpillar and -vorus meaning feeding (vorace to devour), and for "dark-blue" cyane is Latin.

This bird is an insectivorous migratory species that reproduces from Siberia and northern Mongolia, northeastern China, Korea and through to Japan in the eastern Palearctic. In southern and south-eastern Asia and Indonesia it winters.

The Siberian blue robin (Larvivora cyane)


This bird often appears to live in thick forest in winter. The breeding habitat is coniferous forests with thick undergrowth, sometimes along rivers or on the edges of woods, are the breeding habitat. It feeds on the ground, but it is quite "skulking." 

The species in question is bigger than the European robin. The breeding male with blue upperparts and white underparts is unmistakable. The female, with brown upper parts and whitish underparts, is much darker. The black eye sticks out in front of a light brown face.




The Siberian blue robin (Larvivora cyane)


In Europe, this species is a very rare vagabond and has vagabond status even as far east as Pakistan.

Previously, the Siberian blue robin was placed in the genus Luscinia. Luscinia was found not to be monophyletic in a broad molecular phylogenetic analysis conducted in 2010. 

Therefore, the genus was divided and some organisms were transferred to the resurrected Larvivora genus, including the Siberian blue robin.

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