Fairy Pitta

Scientific Name: Pitta nympha
Malay Name: Burung-Pacat Utara
Chinese Name: 仙八色鸫

Found from south eastern China, Taiwan, South Korea to southern Japan and wintering south to Borneo and Indochina.


Size: 16-19.5 cm

Adult resembles Blue-winged Pitta but is smaller in size and has rufous-brown head-sides, narrow whitish-buff supercilium, paler buff underparts and less blue on wing-coverts.

Similar looking species: Blue-winged Pitta, Mangrove Pitta

Habitat: Broadleaved evergreen forest.


Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Vulnerable (BirdLife International 2017)

Location: Only one record of a single bird at Central Catchment Forest (around Dillenia Hut) first sighted on 8 Nov 2019.


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

BirdLife International. (2017). Pitta nympha. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.