Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Blue-fronted Robin (Cinclidium frontale)


French: Notodèle à front bleu German: Blauschmätzer Spanish: Ruiseñor frentiazul
Other common names: Long-tailed Blue Robin

Cinclidium frontale


, 1842,

Sikkim, India


Has been placed in genus Callene. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. f. frontale Blyth, 1842 – Sikkim, NW Bengal, Bhutan and adjacent W Arunachal Pradesh. Records from E Nepal doubtful#R.
  • C. f. orientale (Delacour & Jabouille, 1930) – NE India (SE Arunachal Pradesh and possibly Nagaland), SC China (SW Sichuan) and N Indochina.
  • Descriptive notes

    18–20 cm; 25–26 g. Male nominate race is blackish-indigo, with shiny bluish forehead and shoulder, long graduated tail, white patch on underwing primary coverts,... read more


    Song a series of short clear melodious phrases, “tuuii-be-tue… tuu-buudy-doo…”. Calls include harsh... read more


    Dark, densely vegetated gulleys in primary montane broadleaf evergreen forest and bamboo, 1850... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information; keeps to low parts of vegetation, clambering among bamboo, and presumably feeds there and on ground on small insects.


    No information.


    Largely sedentary, some displacement to lower areas in winter.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Relatively uncommon, and less common than Myiomela leucura; degree to which rarity reflects elusiveness unclear, but consensus of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). Blue-fronted Robin (Cinclidium frontale). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).