Green-breasted pitta

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Green-breasted pitta
Pitta reichenowi Goodchild.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pittidae
Genus: Pitta
Species: P. reichenowi
Binomial name
Pitta reichenowi
Madarász, 1901

The green-breasted pitta (Pitta reichenowi) is a species of bird in the Pittidae family. It is one of only two Pitta species in Africa, and is found in deep forest of the tropics.


The plumage is very similar to that of the African pitta,[2] but the breast is green and the throat is bordered by a black line. Immatures have duller, darker plumage, and a brownish olive breast.[2]


It is found in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, and Uganda. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. In Uganda however, it occurs at altitudes between 1,100 and 1,400 metres.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Pitta reichenowi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Terry Stevenson; John Fanshawe (2004). Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi. Helm Field Guides. p. 278. ISBN 0713673478. 

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