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Photo by Chaiyan
Kha Yai National Park, northeast Thailand, January 2003
Larvivora cyane


Photo by robby thai
Ko Man Nai Island, Thailand, April 2018

13–14 cm (5-5½ in)
Adult males have all blue upperparts, white underparts with black-bordered throat and breast and pinkish legs.
Females have brownish upperparts, mottled/scaled throat-sides and breast with dull blue on rump and uppertail-coverts.
First-winter male resembles female with some blue on scapulars and coverts.


1st Year Male
Photo © by SeeToh
Former Bidadari Cemetery, Singapore, 23 September 2014

Asia to Japan and Indonesia. Accidental vagrant to Alaska with 1 record.


Recent research suggests that this species belongs to a new genus, uniting the East Asian Erithacus and Luscinia Robins. It's therefore placed in the genus Larvivora.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • L. c. cyane:
  • Breeds south central Siberia (and perhaps adjacent northeastern Kazakhstan) and northern Mongolia; the species winters in southern China, Indochina, the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, and Borneo, but the nonbreeding distributions of the two subspecies are not well differentiated.
  • L. c. bochaiensis:


Coniferous forests with dense undergrowth near water.


The diet consists of insects, such as beetles, bugs and ants, as well as berries and seeds. They feed mostly on the ground.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2021) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/A8AA7E19 ]. Retrieved 5 August 2021

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