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Blue pitta

Thai: นกแต้วแล้วสีน้ำเงิน, nok taewlaew see namngoen

Binomial name: Pitta cyanea, Edward Blyth, 1843

The blue pitta (Hydrornis cyaneus) is a species of bird in the family Pittidae found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The species is closely related to the Indian Pitta and Mangrove Pitta, and ranges across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

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Scientific classification

Pitta cyanea

Common names

  • Thai: นกแต้วแล้วสีน้ำเงิน, nok taewlaew see namngoen


  • Pitta cyanea aurantiaca, Jean Théodore Delacour & Pierre Jabouille, 1928

    Range: Cambodia and S/E Thailand

  • Pitta cyanea cyanea, Edward Blyth, 1843

    Range: East Bangladesh, N/E India, South China, Myanmar, Thailand, Indochina

  • Pitta cyanea willoughbyi, Jean Théodore Delacour, 1926

    Range: Central Laos, Vietnam


  • Hydrornis cyaneus, Edward Blyth (1843)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Blue pitta, Pitta cyanea in Thailand

Range map of Pitta cyanea in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.

Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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