French: Rossignol bleu German: Blaunachtigall Spanish: Ruiseñor azul
Dauria, between the Onon and Argu Rivers, south-east Transbaikalia, Russia
Subspecies and Distribution
L. c. cyane
(Pallas, 1776) – extreme NE Kazakhstan (W Altai)#R, SC Siberia and N Mongolia; non-breeding S China (W Yunnan) and SE Asia (from C Myanmar E to Borneo).
L. c. bochaiensis
Shulpin, 1928 – E Siberia, NE China (N Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang) and Korea; non-breeding mainly in Cambodia, Vietnam, S Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.
L. c. nechaevi
(Red'kin, 2006) – Sakhalin, S Kuril Is and Japan; non-breeding unknown beyond SE Asia.
13–14 cm; 11–18 g. Male nominate race is slaty-blue from crown to tail, black on face extending across neck side to flanks; white chin to vent and undertail-... read more
Song, by male throughout breeding period, a loud, rapid, explosive trilling “tri-tri-tri-tri... read more
Breeds in deep taiga consisting mainly of spruce (Picea), fir (Abies), birch (... read more
Food and feeding
Insects (including bugs, beetles and ants), berries and grass seeds reported in China, summer; also “small clams”. Food brought... read more
Jun–Jul in Russia, and May–Jul in China and Japan. Territory in Japan averages 1 ha in deciduous forest, 0·5 ha in... read more
Migrant. Autumn departure Japan late Aug to early Oct; few records from Ryukyu Is, suggesting... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common breeder in extensive range in Russia and common breeder in N Japan; generally scarce in China, only locally numerous in Korea... read more
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