Hooded pitta

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Hooded pitta
Pitta sordida - Sri Phang Nga.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pittidae
Genus: Pitta
Species: P. sordida
Binomial name
Pitta sordida
(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 may be aggressive toward other pittas when breeding. In the 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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