Pittas (Pittidae)

Blue-naped Pitta (Pitta nipalensis) - HBW 8, p. 135

French: Brève à nuque bleue German: Orangestirnpitta Spanish: Pita Nuquiazul
Other common names: Nepal Pitta

Taxonomy: Paludicola Nipalensis Hodgson, 1837, Nepal.
Has on occasion been placed in a separate genus, Hydrornis, along with P. soror and P. oatesi; these three are closely related. Form nuchalis, from Darjeeling, now considered synonymous with nominate nipalensis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • nipalensis (Hodgson, 1837) - Himalayas from C Nepal and SE Tibet E to S Arunachal Pradesh and E & S Assam, S to N West Bengal, Bangladesh (Chittagong Hills) and N, W & S Myanmar (Chin Hills, N Arakan Hills and upper Chindwin).
  • hendeei Bangs & Van Tyne, 1931 - S China (S Yunnan, SW Guangxi) S to N & C Laos and N Vietnam (Tonkin, extreme N Annam).

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