Pittas (Pittidae)

Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis) - HBW 8, p. 158

French: Brève à ailes bleues German: Kleine Blauflügelpitta Spanish: Pita Aliazul
Other common names: Lesser Blue-winged/Little Blue-winged/Moluccan Pitta

Taxonomy: Turdus Moluccensis Statius Muller, 1776, Moluccas; error = Malacca.
Forms a superspecies with P. brachyura, P. nympha and P. megarhyncha. Sometimes considered conspecific with last, but differs in morphology, plumage pattern and behaviour, separated ecologically, and no apparent interbreeding where ranges come into contact. Has also been treated as conspecific with P. elegans. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds from S & E Myanmar (S to Tenasserim) and S China (S Yunnan) through Thailand (except C and most of E), Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam (Annam, Cochinchina) to N Peninsular Malaysia (Langkawi I, Perlis); migrates to Sumatra and Borneo (possibly breeds).