French: Brève du Bengale German: Bengalenpitta Spanish: Pita india
Moluccas and Sri Lanka; error = Sri Lanka
NE Pakistan (Margalla Hills) and in foothills of Himalayas from W Himachal Pradesh (Dharmsala, Kangra) E to C Nepal and perhaps Sikkim, and S to W & C India (from Gujarat to S West Bengal, S at least to Bombay); winters S to S India (S from Goa) and Sri Lanka.
18 cm; 47–66 g. Adult has top of head dark buff with black central stripe, white supercilium, broad black band from lores to nape with conspicious white line beneath... read more
Call a short double whistle, “wieet-pyou”, “whee-tiou” and similar,... read more
Inhabits deciduous and evergreen forest with dense undergrowth in lowland and foothills, as well as... read more
Food and feeding
Various insects, such as termites (Isoptera) and ants, insect larvae, also earthworms, small snails, millipedes (Diplopoda); reported to... read more
Breeds in rainy season, May–Aug, rarely Apr and Sept; Jul–Aug in Pakistan. Nest c. 20 × 15 × 15 cm, shaped like a... read more
Migratory; spends non-breeding season in peninsular India (mostly S of Maharashtra and Madhya... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to scarce, and local. Population in Pakistan (Margalla Hills) estimated to be 18–20 pairs in 1982. Fairly common but local In... read more
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