Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Izu Robin (Larvivora tanensis)


French: Rossignol des Izu German: Izunachtigall Spanish: Ruiseñor de las Izu

Erithacus akahige tanensis

Nagamichi Kuroda

, 1923,

Nishino-omote, Tanegashima, south of Kiu Siu, Japan


Hitherto treated as conspecific with L. akahige, but differs in its lack of black breastband (2); pale (yellowish) base to the lower mandible vs all-dark bill (1); lowland habitat and resident status vs upland habitat and migratory status (1); more stuttering, less trilled song, having an overall longer duration (1) but a shorter second trilled part (2) with fewer notes (ns[1]) delivered at a slightly slower pace and with a slightly larger frequency range#R. Populations of Larvivora on islands S of Kyushu have been attributed to this species (including in HBW) but in fact belong to L. akahige. Monotypic.

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Izu Is, S of Honshu, in Japan.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm. Male is olive-tinged fulvous-brown from crown to rump, with tail somewhat more rufous; face and side of neck to breast orange-rufous, lower breast and flanks grey,... read more


Song consists of one or two introductory notes followed by a rapid series of notes, usually at... read more


Occurs in mature, damp lowland forest, both deciduous and evergreen, in mixed conifer–broadleaf... read more

Food and feeding

Diet little known; presumably beetles and other insects. Forages mainly on ground and in low bushes.


Season May–Jul. Nest of moss, twigs, dry leaves, ferns and roots, lined with leaves and rootlets, is placed on slope or steep bank, or in... read more


Generally resident, but has wandered to C Honshu (Nov 2006) and a record on Torishima (Apr 1958)... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: confined to the Izu Islands EBA. Evaluated as Vulnerable because it has a small, declining population as a result of habitat loss,... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Izu Robin (Larvivora tanensis). 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 28 February 2020).