Family Pittas (Pittidae)

Least Concern

Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis)


French: Brève à ailes bleues German: Blauflügelpitta Spanish: Pita aliazul

Turdus Moluccensis

Statius Müller

, 1776,

Moluccas; error = Malacca


Sometimes considered conspecific with P. megarhyncha, but differs in morphology, plumage pattern and behaviour, separated ecologically, and no apparent interbreeding where ranges come into contact. Has also been treated as conspecific with P. elegans. Monotypic.


S & E Myanmar (S to Tenasserim) and S China (S Yunnan) through Thailand (except C and most of E), Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam (Annam, Cochinchina) to N Peninsular Malaysia (Langkawi I, Perlis, and recently found in Taman Negara National Park#R); migrates to Sumatra and Borneo (possibly breeds).

Descriptive notes

18–20 cm; 54–146 g. Adult has blackish head with broad buffy brown sides of crown and buffy supercilium; upperparts dark green, rump turquoise-blue, tail black... read more


Loud clear “taew-laew”, second note stressed, usually doubled as “taelaew-taelaew... read more


Found in variety of habitats, from moist or dry primary forest with dense or sparse undergrowth to... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes many kinds of insects, e.g. scarab beetles (Scarabaeidae), grasshoppers (Acrididae), hornets (Vespidae), ants, fireflies or... read more


Apr–Aug. Nest 15–25 cm in length and 13–20 cm in height and width, sometimes with platform extending c. 10 cm in front of... read more


Migratory; probably resident in extreme S of range in Malay Peninsula, and possibly also in extreme... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread and fairly common to locally common over most of its range; rare in China. Density in patches of secondary forest in peninsular Thailand... read more

Recommended citation

Erritzoe, J. (2019). Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 April 2019).