Some of them are endangered. Forest clearance is one of their major threats so say now to high quality wood and think twice what you buy and research on the Internet before you buy anything made out of wood. ..

Pittas are fairly terrestrial birds of wet forest floors. At this moment (depending on the authority) 34 species are recognized. They are mainly found in tropical Asia and Australasia, although a couple of species live in Africa. Nomenclature: Clements 6.8 (2013)




Gurney’s Pitta (Pitta gurneyi) breeds in the Malay Peninsula, with populations in Thailand and, especially, Burma. Photo: Prasit Chansareekom.


The Indian Pitta (Pitta brachyura) breeds mainly in the sub-Himalayas and winters in southern India and Sri Lanka. Photo: Bisham Monnappa


The Bar-bellied Pitta (Pitta elliotii) is found in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.


The Red-bellied Pitta (Pitta erythrogaster) is found in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines.


African Pitta (Pitta angolensis). Although widespread in Africa this is an elusive species


The Blue-banded Pitta (Pitta arquata) is found in Indonesia and Malaysia.


The Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) occurs in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea.


The Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida) 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.


The Javan Banded Pitta (Hydrornis guajana) is a species of bird in the Pittidae family. It is found in Java and Bali. It was formerly considered conspecific with the Bornean and Malayan Banded Pittas. Together, they were referenced as the Banded Pitta.


The Malayan Banded Pitta (Pitta irena) is found in Thailand, the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra.


The Black-crowned Pitta (Pitta venusta) is endemic to the highlands of Sumatra (Indonesia). Photo: Dave Gandy


The Eared Pitta (Pitta phayrei) is found in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.



The Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis) is a passerine bird in the Pittidae family native to Australia and Southeast Asia



he Blue-naped Pitta (Pitta nipalensis) is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, and Vietnam. Photo: Srikanth Sarathy.


The Bornean Banded Pitta (Pitta schwaneri) is found in Borneo. Photo: Lai Jiun Loong


The Fairy Pitta (Pitta nympha) breeds in north-east Asia in Japan, South Korea, mainland China and Taiwan. It winters mainly on the island of Borneo in east Malaysia, Brunei, and Kalimantan in Indonesia. Photo: Alanhuangste



The Blue Pitta (Pitta cyaneus) is a species of bird in the Pittidae family. It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.


The Azure-breasted Pitta (Pitta steerii) is endemic to the Philippines. Photo: Dubi Shapiro.


The Blue-headed Pitta (Pitta baudii) is endemic to Borneo.


The Rusty-naped Pitta (Pitta oatesi) is found in China, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Photo: J.J. Harrison.


The Black-faced Pitta (Pitta anerythra) is a species of bird in the Pittidae family. It is found in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. This pic of Guy Dutson is the only pic available on the internet.


The Blue-rumped Pitta (Pitta soror) is found in Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Good pics of this bird are scarce because of its skulking behaviour. Photo: James Eaton.


An Australian endemic, the Rainbow Pitta (Pitta iris)lives in the forests of northern Australia. As with other pittas, it is a secretive and shy bird. Photo: Alwyn Simple.


The Ivory-breasted Pitta (Pitta maxima) is endemic to Indonesia. Photo: Rob Hutchinson


The Garnet Pitta (Pitta granatina) 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 (Pitta ussheri).


The Elegant Pitta (Pitta elegans) is endemic to Indonesia. Photo: Marc Thibault.










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