Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Japanese Robin (Larvivora akahige)


French: Rossignol akahigé German: Rostkehlnachtigall Spanish: Ruiseñor japonés

Sylvia akahige


, 1835,

Hondo, Japan


Hitherto treated as conspecific with L. tanensis (which see). Race kobayashii (Yakushima, S of Kyushu) suggested to be valid by recent molecular study#R. Proposed race rishirensis (Rishiri Is, off NW Hokkaido) described on basis of characteristics that are age- and season-dependent, and is treated as a synonym#R. Monotypic.


S Sakhalin, S Kuril Is and Japan, including islands S of Kyushu; non-breeding SE China (NW Fujian S to Guangdong and Guangxi).

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm. Male is olive-tinged fulvous-brown from crown to rump, with more rufous tail; face and neck side to breast orange-rufous with clear-cut narrow sooty lower... read more


Song (in one study 79% of time at 0–2 m off ground, 15% from treetop) a series of simple,... read more


Damp dense shady undergrowth along valleys and streams in broadleaf evergreen montane forest, mixed... read more

Food and feeding

Few data. Beetles in winter in China. Forages on ground and low bushes; comes out on to footpaths.


May–Jun on Sakhalin, to mid Jul in Japan; in study in C Japan, one of eight pairs double-brooded. Nest constructed of moss, twigs,... read more


Migrant. Autumn departure from highland areas of Japan late Aug, from lower elevations Sept–... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common in Japan. Population has not been quantified, but the species’ numbers appear to be stable. Until mid-20th... read more