Hooded Pitta

Scientific Name: Pitta sordida
Malay Name: Burung-Pacat Hijau
Chinese Name: 绿胸八色鸫

Found from northern Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia with some northern populations wintering south to Indochina, the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Java.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: cucullata, abbotti, mulleri, bangkana, sordida, palawanensis, sanghirana, forsteni, goodfellowi, mefoorana, rosenbergii, novaeguineae.

Local Subspecies: cucullata

Size: 16.5-19 cm

Adult has black head with dark brown crown, green body and red vent. Juvenile has brownish overall plumage and whitish throat.

Habitat: Parks, gardens, forests and wooded areas.


Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Any suitable patch of habitat like Singapore Botanic Gardens, former Bidadari Cemetery, Central Catchment Forest and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Featured reports: Mar 2022, Apr 2022, May 2022

BirdLife International. (2016). Pitta sordida. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.