French: Brève bleue German: Blaupitta Spanish: Pita azul
Arakan, west Myanmar
Subspecies and Distribution
H. c. cyaneus
(Blyth, 1843) – NE India (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh) and Myanmar E to S China (S Yunnan) and S to Tenasserim and S Thailand, also N Laos and Vietnam (S Tonkin S to C Annam); recorded in E Bangladesh.
H. c. aurantiacus
(Delacour & Jabouille, 1928) – SE Thailand and SW Cambodia.
H. c. willoughbyi
(Delacour, 1926) – C Laos to S Annam.
22–24 cm; 99–120 g. Male has conspicuous flame-orange hindcrown and nape, black central crownstripe, black stripe through eye; upperparts and tail blue; inner... read more
Liquid “pleoow-whit” or “choocoo-whip”, drawn out and with sharp ending, c... read more
Evergreen forest and bamboo, often with steep ravines, both in moist forest adjacent to streams and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes insects, insect larvae, worms, grubs and snails; stomach of a traffic casualty contained only beetles. Forages by digging in... read more
Breeds May–Jun, rarely also Jul, in India and Myanmar, and in Jun–Oct in Thailand. Domed nest with side entrance loosely built... read more
Largely sedentary, but some local altitudinal movement likely in India and Myanmar; probably only a... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Appears to be rare in India, with only a few recent records from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. Only recent record from... read more
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