The Alluring Charm of the Hooded Pitta: A Vibrant Symphony of Colors in Nature’s Avian Masterpiece.

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Splashes of crimson, chestnut, turquoise, and brilliant blue combine to produce a stunning display on a very shy bird forest foraging bird.

Meet the Hooded Pitta


The hooded pitta (Pitta sordida), is a passerine bird in the Pittidae family. This bird’s head is topped with a chestnut crown atop a body covered in emerald green with pale blue patches on its shoulders. The belly bares a vivid crimson streak and rump which ends near this bird’s short tail. They have longish legs with equally long feet.

Hooded Pitta – Birds of Singapore

Females are also a brilliant green though they tend to be slightly duller than the males.


They also have the same slightly down-curved bill as the male with less white in the wing.

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This Asian species is found from southern China and northern India down into Indonesia and Papua-New Guinea.


Vertical closeup of a hooded pitta (Pitta sordida) Stock Photo by wirestock

A shy bird, they tend to forage amongst the forest litter eating adult and larval insects such as beetles, termites, ants, cockroaches, earthworms, snails, and berries.

Hooded Pitta - eBird


Hooded pittas breed between February and August, building a nest on the ground consisting of a dome-shaped structure, made mostly of roots, bamboo leaves, rootlets, moss, and twigs, which they line with softer material. The female will lay 3-4 eggs which are incubated by both sexes for around 15-16 days. The chicks are then fed by both parents until fully-fledged at 16 days of age.

Hooded Pitta - Louisville Zoo

Due to its large breeding range, this species is considered not currently under threat. Though, please bear in mind there has been a rapid decline in population due to habitat destruction, and collection for the cage bird trade.


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Watch this bird right here in the video below:


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