French: Brève versicolore German: Lärmpitta Spanish: Pita bulliciosa
“Australasia” = New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. v. simillima
Gould, 1868 – islands in Torres Strait, and NE Queensland (from Cape York Peninsula S to Cairns district); some migrate to S New Guinea.
P. v. versicolor
Swainson, 1825 – Cairns District S to E New South Wales (S to R Hunter region).
19–21 cm; male 70–112 g, female 70–128 g. Adult has forecrown to nape chestnut with narrow black median stripe, rest of head, hindneck and throat black;... read more
Short low whistle, “hhwup-hu-hwip” or “phwheat-ah-wheat” c. 1–1... read more
Predominantly rainforest with luxuriant to sparse undergrowth, mostly in wet gulleys and river... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly snails and insects (beetles, ants), also earthworms, spiders, woodlice (Isopoda); occasionally shrimps and crabs, also leeches,... read more
Laying recorded Oct–Apr (mostly Nov–Jan) in N and Jul–Feb (mostly Oct–Dec) in S. Domed nest c. 30 cm tall and 20... read more
Not well known. Partial migrant in N, where some make post-breeding migration N to S New Guinea in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Moderately common to rather scarce; common at only a few sites, including Yarraman District SE (Queensland) and Georgica (New South Wales); rare in... read more
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