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Species of Thailand

Garnet pitta

Thai: นกแต้วแล้วแดงมลายู, nok taewlaew daeng Malayu

Binomial name: Pitta granatina, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, 1830

The garnet pitta (Erythropitta granatina) is a species of bird in the Pittidae family. It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is threatened by habitat loss. The form occurring in the Malaysian state of Sabah has been split as the black-headed pitta or black-crowned pitta Erythropitta ussheri (Gould 1877),


The garnet pitta is an insectivore, feeding mainly on ants, wood grubs, cockroaches, and beetles.


Pairs mate between March and August. A pair will lay a clutch of two eggs.

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Scientific classification

Pitta granatina

Common names

  • Thai: นกแต้วแล้วแดงมลายู, nok taewlaew daeng Malayu


  • Pitta granatina coccinea, Thomas Campbell Eyton, 1839

    Range: Malay Peninsula, South Peninsular Thailand, South Myanmar and Sumatra

  • Pitta granatina granatina, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, 1830

    Range: Borneo


  • Erythropitta granatina, Coenraad Jacob Temminck (1830)
  • Pitta granatina

Conservation status

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

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Distribution map of Garnet pitta, Pitta granatina in Thailand
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary

Range map of Pitta granatina in Thailand

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