Family Pittas (Pittidae)

Near Threatened

Whiskered Pitta (Erythropitta kochi)


French: Brève de Koch German: Bartpitta Spanish: Pita de Luzón

Pitta Kochi


, 1876,

Luzon, Philippine Islands


Closely related to E. erythrogaster complex. Monotypic.


Mountains of Luzon (Cordillera Central, Sierra Madre, Bicol region), in N Philippines.

Descriptive notes

22–23 cm; one female (fat) 116 g. Male has top of head dark brown, becoming rust-orange on hindcrown and nape; broad pale ash-brown malar stripe (whisker) extending to... read more


Monotonous series 2–3 seconds long of 2–9 (usually 5) deep, mournful notes, “... read more


Montane and submontane forest, preferably dominated by oak (Quercus) and with closed... read more

Food and feeding

Only recorded food small beetles. Forages on ground; flicks aside dead leaves with the bill, digs into soil, sometimes watching or... read more


Virtually unknown. Calls heard only end Feb–Jun (mostly Apr and Jun), food-carrying adult seen in Apr, and juveniles in Feb, Apr and... read more


Some possible movement, but not fully understood; migration or post-breeding dispersal suggested by... read more

Status and conservation

NEAR THREATENED. CITES I. Restricted-range species: endemic to Luzon in the Philippines, and present in Luzon EBA. Strongholds are in mountains of Cordillera Central and... read more

Recommended citation

Erritzoe, J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Whiskered Pitta (Erythropitta kochi). 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 22 January 2019).