Eared Pitta (Pitta phayrei) - HBW 8, p. 135
French: Brève ornée
Spanish: Pita Orejuda
Other common names: Phayre’s Pitta
Taxonomy: Anthocincla Phayrei Blyth, 1862, Tounghoo, Myanmar.
Sometimes placed in a separate, monotypic genus Anthocincla, and such treatment may indeed be more appropriate; differs from other pittas by shorter legs, slightly decurved and slender bill, and longer hind claw; shows distinctive horn-like “ears”; performs an acoustic display, apparently unparallelled in the family, with wings producing knocking sounds; foraging technique is more static, involving less constant movement about territory. Allegedly darker birds from NE Tonkin sometimes separated as race obscura, but individual variation considerable. Monotypic.
Distribution: NE Bangladesh, and C & SE Myanmar and W, NW & E Thailand E to S China (S Yunnan) and S to Indochina (S Cambodia, C Annam).
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A bird feeding on the ground Locality Khao Yai National Park, North Eastern Thailand, Thailand (Monotypic species)
Stefan Behrens 2004 10 years ago 25 sec 3.8
A bird searching food on the ground with its bill Locality Khao Yai National Park, North Eastern Thailand, Thailand (Monotypic species)
Stefan Behrens 2004 10 years ago 41 sec 3.7
A bird on the ground, looking for prey under dry leaves Locality Khao Yai National Park, North Eastern Thailand, Thailand (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 18 November 2004 10 years ago 32 sec 3.4