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Japanese robin

Larvivora akahige, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, 1835

(In Thai: นกเขนน้อยพันธุ์ญี่ปุ่น)

The Japanese robin (Larvivora akahige, formerly Erithacus akahige) or komadori, is a small passerine bird in the family Muscicapidae. Its range extends from the south of the Kuril and Sakhalin Islands throughout Japan.

The name "Japanese robin" is also sometimes used for the red-billed leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea). The specific name akahige is, somewhat confusingly, the common name of its relative Larvivora komadori in Japanese.

The Japanese robin, together with the Ryukyu robin and the European robin, was previously placed in the genus Erithacus . A 2006 molecular phylogenetic study found that the two east Asian species were more similar to the Siberian blue robin, at the time in Luscinia, than to the European robin. In 2010 a large study confirmed this result and also found that Luscinia was non-monophyletic. The genus Larvivora was therefore resurrected to accommodate a clade containing the Japanese robin, the Ryukyu robin, the Siberian blue robin and several other species that had previously been placed in Luscinia.

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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Non-breeding visitor

Scientific classification

Larvivora akahige

Common names

  • Thai: นกเขนน้อยพันธุ์ญี่ปุ่น

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Japanese robin
Japanese robin

Range Map

Distribution map of Japanese robin, Larvivora akahige in Thailand
  • Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
Range map of Larvivora akahige in Thailand