Species of Thailand

Giant pitta

Hydrornis caeruleus, Thomas Stamford Raffles, 1822

(In Thai: นกแต้วแล้วยักษ์)

The giant pitta (Hydrornis caeruleus) is a species of bird in the family Pittidae.

Distribution and habitat

The giant pitta is native to Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. It inhabits primary and tall secondary forest at elevations of up to 1, 200 m. It appears to prefer densely vegetated, swampy areas, but has infrequently been reported from drier and secondary vegetation.

Conservation

The species is classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN. Total population size is unknown, but it is believed to be scarce to rare, and thought to be under pressure from rapid forest loss in its native habitat.

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Category / Seasonal Status

Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Rare

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Pittidae
Genus
Hydrornis
Species
Hydrornis caeruleus

Common names

  • Thai: นกแต้วแล้วยักษ์

Subspecies

  • Pitta caerulea caerulea, Thomas Stamford Raffles, 1822

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

  • Pitta caerulea hosei, Edward Charles Stuart Baker, 1918

    Range: Borneo

Synonyms

  • Hydrornis caeruleus, Thomas Stamford Raffles (1822)
  • Pitta caerulea

Conservation status

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (BirdLife)

Endangered (IUCN3.1)

Endangered (ONEP)

Endangered (IUCN3.1)

Endangered (BCST)

Photos

No photo for this species yet

Range Map

Distribution map of Giant pitta, Hydrornis caeruleus in Thailand
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sok National Park
Range map of Hydrornis caeruleus in Thailand