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Hooded pitta

Thai: นกแต้วแล้วอกเขียว, nok taewlaew ok khiew

Binomial name: Pitta sordida, Philipp Ludwig Statius Müller, 1776

The hooded pitta (Pitta sordida) is a passerine bird. It is common in eastern and southeastern Asia and maritime Southeast Asia, where it lives in different types of forests as well as on plantations and other cultivated areas.

Hooded pittas can reach a length of 16 to 19 cm and a weight of 42 to 70 g. Their diet consists of various insects (including their larvae), which they hunt on the ground, and berries. In the breeding period, which lasts from February to August, they build nests on the ground; both parent take care of the eggs and the fledglings. They are highly territorial and their fluty double-noted whistle calls ("qweeek-qweeek") can be constantly heard from their territories, sometimes throughout the nights.

In captivity, hooded pittas mix well with other species although they may be aggressive toward other pittas when breeding. In London Zoo they are kept in a large walk-through aviary in the restored Blackburn Pavilion bird house, while at the Durrell Wildlife Park they are in a large walk-through exhibit with birds such as Palawan peacock-pheasants and white-rumped shamas.

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Scientific classification

Pitta sordida

Common names

  • Thai: นกแต้วแล้วอกเขียว, nok taewlaew ok khiew

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Hooded pitta, Pitta sordida in Thailand

Range map of Pitta sordida in Thailand

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