Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Sunda Blue Robin (Myiomela diana)


French: Myiomèle de la Sonde German: Diademschmätzer Spanish: Ruiseñor de la Sonda
Other common names: Sunda Robin

Lanius (Notodela) diana


, 1832,

#R, Pegu; error = Java


Often placed in genus Cinclidium. Vocal and morphological differences between the two races have been used to suggest species status for both#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. d. sumatrana (Robinson & Kloss, 1918) – Sumatran Blue Robin – mountains of N & WC Sumatra (Leuser, Kerinci, Berastagi, Dempu).
  • M. d. diana (Lesson, 1832) – Javan Blue Robin – mountains of W & C Java (E to Ciremay).
  • Descriptive notes

    15 cm. Male nominate race is indigo-blue, with silvery-white forehead, (apparently concealed) silvery-white patch on neck side; wings and tail black; bill and legs black.... read more


    Song a simple warble of 2–5 sweet melancholy notes. Calls rarely.


    Undergrowth of high montane forest; 1000–1500 m in Sumatra, 1000–2400 m in Java.

    Food and feeding

    Small insects, including grubs; also worms.


    Sept–May in W Java. Nest a large ball of fine roots, leaf stems, fern fronds and mosses, built against side of path or placed low in... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia EBA and Java and Bali Forests EBA. Scarce but widespread in Sumatra; uncommon... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). Sunda Blue Robin (Myiomela diana). 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 25 February 2020).