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Pittas (Pittidae)

African Pitta (Pitta angolensis) - HBW 8, p. 149

French: Brève de l’Angola German: Angolapitta Spanish: Pita Angoleña
Other common names: Angolan Pitta

Taxonomy: Pitta angolensis Vieillot, 1816, Angola.
Forms a superspecies with P. reichenowi, and sometimes regarded as conspecific on basis of apparent intermediate birds from Cameroon and S Congo; doubts have been expressed, however, over identification of such birds (which could possibly have been nominate race of present species), and there seems little evidence of intergradation where the ranges of the two species approach each other. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pulih Fraser, 1843 - Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E to W Cameroon.
  • angolensis Vieillot, 1816 - SW Cameroon S to NW Angola.
  • longipennis Reichenow, 1901 - breeds from SE Zaire and SE Tanzania S to E Zambia, N & E Zimbabwe, S Mozambique and extreme NE South Africa; migrates N to region from S Central African Republic and N & NE Zaire E to S Kenya and N Tanzania.

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