(syn. Pitta Ϯ Azure-breasted Pitta P. steerei) Gr. κυανος kuanos  dark-blue; genus Pitta Vieillot, 1816, pitta; "CYANOPITTA STEERII.  Steere's Pitta.  ...  Not only is this new Pitta one of the largest of the family, falling not far short of the well-known Pitta maxima in size, but it is also perfectly distinct as regards its coloration; for there is no species which is blue underneath as the present bird is. From its black head, it ought to be associated with the group called by Bonaparte Melanopitta; but from all these it is easily distinguished by its unique coloration, which reminds one most of Pitta maxima, though there are differences almost sufficient to warrant its being placed in a different section from that bird; and I therefore propose the name of Cyanopitta for it" (Gould 1854).

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 16 January 2019).