Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Siberian Blue Robin (Larvivora cyane)


French: Rossignol bleu German: Blaunachtigall Spanish: Ruiseñor azul

Motacilla Cyane


, 1776,

Dauria, between the Onon and Argu Rivers, south-east Transbaikalia, Russia


Sometimes placed in genus Erithacus. Three subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2019). Siberian Blue Robin (Larvivora cyane). 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 12 December 2019).