Blue-rumped pitta

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Blue-rumped pitta
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pittidae
Genus: Hydrornis
H. soror
Binomial name
Hydrornis soror
  • Pitta soror

The blue-rumped pitta (Hydrornis soror) is a species of bird in the family Pittidae. It is found in Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest.


The blue-rumped pitta was described by the English naturalist Robert George Wardlaw-Ramsay in 1881 from a specimen collected in Saigon, Cochinchina. He introduced the binomial name Pitta (Hydrornis) soror with Hydrornis as a subgenus.[2] The specific epithet soror is Latin for "sister" (that is "closely related").[3]

Five subspecies are recognised:[4]

  • H. s. tonkinensis (Delacour, 1927) – south China and north Vietnam
  • H. s. douglasi (Ogilvie-Grant, 1910) – Hainan island (off southeast China)
  • H. s. petersi (Delacour, 1934) – central Laos and north central Vietnam
  • H. s. soror (Wardlaw-Ramsay, RG, 1881) – south Laos and central and south Vietnam
  • H. s. flynnstonei (Rozendaal, 1993) – east Thailand and south Cambodia


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Hydrornis soror". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22698605A93691868. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22698605A93691868.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ Wardlaw-Ramsay, Robert George (1881). "Letters, Announcements etc". Ibis. 4th series. 5 (3): 496. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.1881.tb06601.x.
  3. ^ Jobling, J.A. (2019). del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). "Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "NZ wrens, broadbills & pittas". World Bird List Version 8.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 16 January 2019.