French: Brève iris German: Regenbogenpitta Spanish: Pita arcoiris
Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. i. johnstoneiana
Schodde & Mason, 1999 – NW Australia in NW Kimberley Division (mainly from Napier Broome Bay S to Prince Regent R), including Augustus I and islands in Admiralty Gulf.
P. i. iris
Gould, 1842 – N Northern Territory, from Melville I and Darwin E to Groote Eylandt.
16–18 cm; 55–72 g. Adult has head and neck black with broad chestnut lateral crownstripe, upperparts bright olive-green, sometimes a narrow silvery green-blue... read more
Double whistle, "teow-whit, teow-whit" or "choowip-choowip", often likened to... read more
Monsoon rainforest, gallery forest and vine scrub, also eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forest, and... read more
Food and feeding
Worms, snails, insects and their larvae, also other arthropods such as spiders, centipedes (Chilopoda), millipedes (Diplopoda);... read more
Dec–Apr, occasionally later, in W, and mainly Oct–Mar in Northern Territory; often two broods raised in a season. Maintains... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in North-west Australia EBA. Locally common. Nominate race common around Darwin; in Northern Territory, density of... read more
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