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).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird searching food on the ground with its bill Locality Khao Yai National Park, North Eastern Thailand, Thailand (Monotypic species)
Stefan Behrens 2004 8 years ago 41 sec 3.8
A bird feeding on the ground Locality Khao Yai National Park, North Eastern Thailand, Thailand (Monotypic species)
Stefan Behrens 2004 8 years ago 25 sec 3.6
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 7 years ago 32 sec 3.3