Photo by Chaiyan
Kha Yai National Park, northeast Thailand, January 2003
- Larvivora cyane
13â€“14 cm (5-5Â½ 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.
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:
- 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 differentiate
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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- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
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