Fairy pitta

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Fairy pitta
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pittidae
Genus: Pitta
Species: P. nympha
Binomial name
Pitta nympha
Temminck & Schlegel, 1850

The fairy pitta (Pitta nympha) is a small passerine bird. It eats worms, spiders, insects, slugs, and snails. It is also known as the seven-coloured bird.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It breeds in north-east Asia in Japan, South Korea, mainland China and Taiwan, migrant in Thailand and winters mainly on the island of Borneo in east Malaysia, Brunei, and Kalimantan in Indonesia.


The fairy pitta forms a superspecies with the Indian pitta (P. brachyura), mangrove pitta (P. megarhyncha) and blue-winged pitta (P. moluccensis).

Status and conservation[edit]

This bird is classified as vulnerable by BirdLife International, with an estimated population of between 2,500 and 10,000 individuals. Its population is inferred to be rapidly declining due to deforestation in its breeding range, principally for agriculture and timber, locally compounded by trapping for the cagebird trade.