Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Cambodian Blue Robin (Myiomela cambodiana)


French: Myiomèle du Cambodge German: Kambodschaschattenschmätzer Spanish: Ruiseñor de Camboya

Notodela cambodiana

Delacour and Jabouille

, 1928,

Bokor, 1000 metres, south Cambodia


Often placed in Cinclidium. Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. leucura, but differs in its lack of a shiny blue forehead (3); slatier body plumage (1); shorter wing (effect size –2.31, score 2); and longer bill (effect size 1.24; score 1). Possibly parapatric with M. leucura. Monotypic.

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SE Thailand and S Cambodia (Cardamom Mts and Elephant Mts).

Descriptive notes

c. 17 cm; 17·5–25·5 g. Male is almost entirely dark slaty blue, with very small white neck patch (often concealed) and somewhat bluer shoulder patch (often indistinct); basal... read more


Song poorly known, seems not to differ significantly from that of M. leucura, a short thin... read more


Inhabits dense broadleaf evergreen forest, often in areas of bamboo, at 1000–1400 m.

Food and feeding

Little information. Diet insects and berries. Very secretive. Forages on ground and in low undergrowth; sometimes in bushes and trees.


No published information, other than that males were in breeding condition in Mar in Cambodia. Other details thought unlikely to differ... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Status poorly known, but this species is considered likely to be relatively rare overall. In Cambodia, the species occurs within... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Cambodian Blue Robin (Myiomela cambodiana). 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 18 September 2019).