French: Brève à capuchon German: Kappenpitta Spanish: Pita encapuchada occidental
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. cucullata
Hartlaub, 1843 – Chestnut-crowned Pitta – Himalayan foothills from N India (Himachal Pradesh) E to N Myanmar, S China (S Yunnan) and N Vietnam (W Tonkin), S to N Bangladesh, Thailand, S Laos and Cambodia; migrates S as far as Sumatra and Java.
P. s. abbotti
Richmond, 1902 – Nicobar Is.
P. s. mulleri#R
(Bonaparte, 1850) – extreme S Thailand, N Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, W Java, Borneo, and W Sulu Is (Sibutu).
P. s. bangkana
Schlegel, 1863 – Bangka I and Belitung I.
P. s. sordida
(Statius Müller, 1776) – Western Hooded Pitta – Philippine Is (except Catanduanes, Masbate, Panay, and Palawan group), including Basilan and Sulu Is (Jolo, Tawitawi).
P. s. palawanensis
Parkes, 1960 – W Philippines (Calauit, Busuanga, Culion, Palawan, Balabac).
P. s. sanghirana
Schlegel, 1866 – Sangihe I.
P. s. forsteni#R
(Bonaparte, 1850) – Minahasa Pitta – N Sulawesi.
16–19 cm; 42–80·4 g. Adult of nominate race has entire head, including chin and throat, black, upperparts dark green, uppertail-coverts and large patch on... read more
Call somewhat variable geographically, given up to 20 m above ground (more usually < 10 m) and... read more
Wide range of habitats occupied: all types of forest, especially primary riverine forest, secondary... read more
Food and feeding
Insects of many kinds, e.g. beetles, ants, termites (Isoptera), Orthoptera, cockroaches (Blattodea), bugs (Hemiptera), various larvae; also... read more
Eggs in late Apr–early Aug in India; in May–Oct in SE Asia (Malaysia, Thailand), Dec–May on Borneo and Java, Mar–... read more
Sedentary over most of range. Race cucullata mostly migratory, N populations making long-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread to rare and local; within its large distribution is perhaps the most common pitta species where suitable... read more
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