Fairy Pitta

This species is defined as a Review Species . Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page .

Scientific Name: Pitta nympha

Malay Name: Burung-Pacat Utara

Chinese Name: 仙八色鸫

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

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 16-19.5 cm

Identification: 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: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Vulnerable (BirdLife International 2017)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Fairy Pitta Pitta nympha
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Peak weeks Oct 29-Nov 04, Nov 05-Nov 11, Nov 12-Nov 18
Early date 30 Oct 2021
Late date 13 Nov 2019
A beautiful and brightly-colored pitta, yet little is known about its migration habits. Could it be a more regular migrant to Singapore than we think?


BirdLife International. (2017). Pitta nympha. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T22698684A116880779.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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