Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Okinawa Robin (Larvivora namiyei)


French: Rossignol d’Okinawa German: Okinawanachtigall Spanish: Ruiseñor de Okinawa

Icoturus namiyei


, 1887,

#RNagogatake, Liu Kiu Islands, Japan


Hitherto treated as conspecific with L. komadori, but there is a deep genetic break between them#R and morphological differences suggesting higher taxonomic rank#R include its rufous vs black forehead (2); uniform pale greyish underparts vs purer white underparts with black blotches on flanks, merging and forming two patches (3); resident vs migratory behaviour (contra HBW for Amami population) (1); higher-pitched introductory notes to song (2), with wider frequency range for entire song (1)#R. Monotypic.

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N Okinawa and adjacent Kerama Is, in C Ryukyu Is.

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Male has forehead (except thin band above bill) rich rufous, this colour extending to upperparts, wings and tail; lowermost forehead and face to breast black, rest of... read more


Song somewhat variable, often begins with one or more high-pitched notes, these followed by a short... read more


Broadleaf evergreen forest. Inhabits damp dense undergrowth (ferns, bamboos, bushes) and ground... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Forages on ground.


Few data. Details considered likely to be similar to those given for L. komadori (which see).


Resident and largely sedentary, but there is some dispersal both N... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Locally common on Okinawa. This species is thought to have a small population size, estimated to lie in the... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Okinawa Robin (Larvivora namiyei). 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 13 December 2019).