Species Profile

Species Pitta baudii
Common Name Blue-headed Pitta
Family Pittidae
Order Passeriformes
Distribution Endemic to Borneo
Habitat This species is an inhabitant of lowland primary, selectively logged and old secondary forests.
Description  Shy and elusive, this short-tailed ground bird measures about 17cm in length. The male has an electric blue crown, a white throat that is contrasted by black cheeks and black breast, a dark purple belly, an orangey-red mantle and a bright blue tail. The female has brownish-orange crown and upperparts with buff-colored cheeks and vent.
Notes  This species has been observed to feed on invertebrates such as worms, beetles and crickets. It forages for food by flipping over fallen leaves on the damp forest floor. At night, it roosts at about 1 m off the ground on horizontal branches and in undergrowths. Like all pittas, this exquisite bird is highly sought after by birdwatchers.
Conservation Status  Vulnerable
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Pitta baudii. Accessed on 27 May 2014 at http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=4004

Phillips, Q and Phillips K 2014 Phillips' Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd, England.
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Sabah, Malaysia

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