Giant pitta

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Giant pitta
Pitta caerulea qtl1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pittidae
Genus: Hydrornis
Species: H. caeruleus
Binomial name
Hydrornis caeruleus
(Raffles, 1822)
  • Pitta caerulea

The giant pitta (Hydrornis caeruleus) is a species of bird in the Pittidae family.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The giant pitta is native to Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. It inhabits primary and tall secondary forests at elevations of up to 1,200 m. It appears to prefer densely vegetated, swampy areas, but has infrequently been reported from drier and secondary vegetation.[1]


The species is classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN. Total population size is unknown, but it is believed to be scarce to rare, and thought to be under pressure from rapid forest loss in its native habitat.[1]


  1. ^ a b c BirdLife International (2010). "Pitta caerulea". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012: e.T22698614A38120390. Retrieved 18 September 2016.