Mangrove Pitta

Scientific Name: Pitta megarhyncha
Malay Name: Burung-Pacat Bakau
Chinese Name: 红树八色鸫

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


Size: 18-21 cm

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: Rare resident on mainland Singapore but uncommon locally at Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong.

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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Mangrove Pitta)

BirdLife International. (2016). Pitta megarhyncha. 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.