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Giant pitta

Binomial name: Pitta caerulea (Thomas Stamford Raffles, 1822)

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

Distribution and habitat

The giant pitta is native to Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. It inhabits primary and tall secondary forests 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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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Pittidae
Genus
Pitta
Species
Pitta caerulea

Common names

  • Thai: นกแต้วแล้วยักษ์

Subspecies

  • Pitta caerulea caerulea (Thomas Stamford Raffles, 1822) - South Myanmar, South Thailand, Malay Peninsula and Sumatra
  • Pitta caerulea hosei (Edward Charles Stuart Baker, 1918) - Borneo

Synonyms

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

Giant pitta is found in following locations in Thailand

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Conservation status

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Giant pitta, Pitta caerulea in Thailand

Range map of Pitta caerulea in Thailand

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