Mangrove Pitta

Scientific Name: Pitta megarhyncha

Malay Name: Burung-Pacat Bakau

Chinese Name: 红树八色鸫

Range: Found from Bangladesh, Myanmar, the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 18-21 cm

Identification: Adult resembles Blue-winged Pitta but bill much longer, crown drabber and more uniform brown almost lacking the black line at the center, underparts slightly duller and has whitish chin.

Similar looking species: Blue-winged Pitta, Fairy Pitta

Habitat: Mangroves.


Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Uncommon at the mangroves of Pulau Ubin, Pulau Tekong and possibly Pulau Semakau. Also sighted at the mangroves of Pasir Ris Park in 2012 and non-mangroves area like Singapore Botanic Gardens and Lower Pierce Reservoir Boardwalk in 2014.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2016). Pitta megarhyncha. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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.

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