Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Indian Blue Robin (Larvivora brunnea)


Taxonomy

French: Rossignol indien German: Orangenachtigall Spanish: Ruiseñor indio
Taxonomy:

Larvivora brunnea

Hodgson

, 1837,

Nepal

.

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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

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

    Movements

    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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58459 on 23 August 2019).