Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Indian Blue Robin (Larvivora brunnea)


French: Rossignol indien German: Orangenachtigall Spanish: Ruiseñor indio

Larvivora brunnea


, 1837,



Isolated non-migratory race wickhami differs only marginally in plumage, and single recording of song indistinguishable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. b. brunnea Hodgson, 1837 – NE Afghanistan and Himalayas E to S & C China (from SE Xizang and NW Yunnan, N to S Gansu and S Shaanxi); non-breeding S India (mainly Western Ghats) and Sri Lanka.
  • L. b. wickhami E. C. S. Baker, 1916 – Chin Hills, in W Myanmar.
  • Descriptive notes

    13–15 cm; 14–20 g. Male nominate race is slaty grey-blue from crown to tail, with white supercilium, blackish of face extending across neck side; rufous-orange... read more


    Song, by male from deep cover all through breeding season (also in winter quarters, mainly before... read more


    Breeds in moist closed forests, often cloudforest, with dense undergrowth of bushes, herbs, fallen... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, including small molluscs and insects and their larvae; especially in summer, caterpillars. Forages on ground in undergrowth... read more


    May–Sept in Afghanistan, May–Jul in Himalayas and May–Jun in China; Apr–May in Myanmar. Nest, sometimes small,... read more


    Summer visitor to Himalayas; winters mainly in S India and Sri Lanka, with scattered winter records... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Status possibly underestimated owing to highly retiring nature, but evidence in breeding season suggests that population density low. Locally common... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). Indian Blue Robin (Larvivora brunnea). 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 22 January 2020).