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Japanese Robin - BirdForum Opus

Photo by MacNara
Osaka Castle Park, Japan, April 2004
Larvivora akahige


14–15 cm

  • Olive-brown upperparts
  • Rufous tail
  • Orange-red breast


Found in some (mostly northern or high altitude) areas of Japan and the Kuril Islands and Sakhalin in Russia in summer, but winters in South-east China (northwestern Fujian south to Guangdong and Guangxi).

Occurs on passage in spring and autumn in other areas of Japan; rarely in Taiwan with vagrants in Korea.


Has been placed in the genus Luscinia. However, recent research suggests that the East Asian robins belong into a new genus uniting them with some East Asian Luscinias such as the Siberian Blue Robin (Seki, 2006). It is therefore moved from the genus Erithacus to the genus Larvivora.

Izu Robin was formerly included in Japanese Robin.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Subspecies L. a. rishirensis is now synonymised with akahige.


Broad leafed evergreen montane forest, in undergrowth along rivers and streams.


Usually displays skulking behavior.


Forages on the ground for beetles and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2014)

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