Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Ryukyu Robin (Larvivora komadori)


French: Rossignol komadori German: Samtkehlnachtigall Spanish: Ruiseñor de las Ryukyu

Sylvia komadori


, 1835,

northern Ryukyu Islands and Tanegashima, Japan


Hitherto treated as conspecific with L. namiyei (which see). Proposed race subrufa (Yaeyama Is), described from non-breeding individuals, is a synonym. Monotypic.


Danjo Is (off SW Kyushu) and N Ryukyu Is (Tanegashima S to Tokunoshima); non-breeding S to S Ryukyu Is (mainly Miyako, Ishigaki, Iriomote and Yonakuni), although some remain on Amami-Oshima#R.

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Male is rich fulvescent-rufous above; black face and breast, lower breast with narrow white scalloping, white below with black flank patch; bill black, legs pinkish.... read more


Song resembles that of L. akahige but more musical and varied; reported as of two types,... read more


Damp dense shady undergrowth (bamboos, bushes, particularly ferns) of broadleaf evergreen forest,... read more

Food and feeding

Forages on ground. No other information.


Season Apr–Jun; May–Aug on Nakano-shima, with peaks mid-May and mid-Jun. Territorial and site-faithful. Nest made of dried... read more


Sedentary on Amami (nominate); elsewhere apparently migratory over short distances. Among migratory... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Nansei Shoto EBA. Common on Tokara Is and Amami, scarce on other islands.... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Ryukyu Robin (Larvivora komadori). 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 30 March 2020).