Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


White-bellied Blue Robin (Myiomela albiventris)


French: Myiomèle à ventre blanc German: Weißbauchschmätzer Spanish: Alicorto ventriblanco
Other common names: White-bellied Shortwing

Callene albiventris


, 1868,

Palni Hills, India


Until recently placed in genus Brachypteryx and treated as conspecific with M. major. Monotypic.


Extreme S Western Ghats (S of Palaghat Gap), in S Kerala and W Tamil Nadu (S India).

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Male is slaty-blue above and to breast, shading to blue-grey flanks clear-cut from white mid-belly to vent; white supercilium, black lores; black bill and legs. Female... read more


Song a loud, sustained, sprightly, thrush-like series of short beautiful phrases, each consisting... read more


Streamside vegetation and wet areas of undergrowth within forest patches (sholas) and densely... read more

Food and feeding

No information; lives in low vegetation and on ground, where presumably forages for small insects and other invertebrates.


Mar–Jul, mainly Apr–May, but juvenile with unossified skull in Jan. Few nests found, much moss used in construction. Other... read more


Sedentary. Some possible altitudinal movement suspected.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously considered Endangered. Very small and severely fragmented range on isolated mountain tops is contracting rapidly as a result of conversion of forest... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., de Juana, E. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). White-bellied Blue Robin (Myiomela albiventris). 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 6 December 2019).