Blue-winged Pitta

Scientific Name: Pitta moluccensis
Malay Name: Burung-Pacat Sayap Biru
Chinese Name: 蓝翅八色鸫

Breeding range extends from southwestern China, Indochina to the Thai-Malay Peninsula with some northern populations wintering in Indochina, the Thai-Malay Peninsula and Indonesia.


Size: 18-20.5 cm

Adult has blackish head with buff crown-sides/supercilium, black eyestripe, white throat with a small blackish chin patch just below the bill, green upperparts, violet-blue upperwing coverts and plain buff underparts with red vent. Juvenile resembles adult but has duller overall plumage.

Similar looking species: Mangrove Pitta, Fairy Pitta

Habitat: Parks, gardens, forests, wooded areas and mangroves.


Local Status: Uncommon migrant and possible rare resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Any suitable patch of habitat like Singapore Botanic Gardens, Chinese Garden, former Bidadari Cemetery, Central Catchment Forest and Pasir Ris Park. Was first documented to breed at Pulau Ubin in July 2016.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Pitta moluccensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.