Family Pittas (Pittidae)

Least Concern

Javan Banded Pitta (Hydrornis guajanus)


French: Brève azurine German: Javabindenpitta Spanish: Pita barrada de Java

Turdus Guajanus

Statius Müller

, 1776,

Banyuwangi, eastern Java


Until recently, considered conspecific with H. irena and H. schwaneri, but differences substantial#R (see those species). Populations of W Java often listed as race affinis, but they appear not reliably separable. In addition, form bangkae, supposedly from Bangka I, is thought to have been named from a mislabelled specimen probably originating from W Java. Monotypic.


Java and Bali.

Descriptive notes

20–23 cm; 93–106 g (Java). Male has top and side of head black, with broad bright yellow supercilium; upperparts plain chestnut-brown, rump and tail deep blue;... read more


Primary vocalization very similar to that given by H. irena, but is reportedly higher-... read more


Primary forest; more rarely in older secondary forest, coffee plantations (Java), teak forest or... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insects, e.g. scarabid beetles, caterpillars, termites (Isoptera) and ants, cockroaches (Blattodea), also snails and earthworms;... read more


Breeds Jan–Jun on Java, with most clutches collected in Feb–Apr. Globular nest 19–24 cm in diameter, with side entrance,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Uncommon to locally rather common. Has declined rapidly, not only as a result of habitat destruction but also because of... read more

Recommended citation

Erritzoe, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Javan Banded Pitta (Hydrornis guajanus). 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 13 December 2019).