African Pitta (Pitta angolensis) - HBW 8, p. 149
French: Brève de l’Angola
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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possible hybrid with Green-breasted Pitta as breast more green than buff and voice was as Pitta reichenowi. However shows two to
Locality Campo Ma'an National Park, South Province, Cameroon (ssp pulih)
Nik Borrow 5 March 2011 4 years ago 4.1
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