Pittas (Pittidae)

Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) - HBW 8, p. 159

French: Brève versicolore German: Lärmpitta Spanish: Pita Bulliciosa
Other common names: Buff-breasted/Blue-winged(!)/Lesser Pitta

Taxonomy: Pitta versicolor Swainson, 1825, “Australasia” = New South Wales, Australia.
Formerly considered conspecific with P. elegans or with P. iris, but seems best regarded as forming a superspecies with those together with P. anerythra. Population from Cairns region of NE Queensland sometimes separated as race intermedia on basis of size and plumage characters, but variation in these parameters is clinal from N to S. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • simillima Gould, 1868 - islands in Torres Strait, and NE Queensland (from Cape York Peninsula S to Cairns District); some migrate to S New Guinea.
  • versicolor Swainson, 1825 - Cairns District S to E New South Wales (S to R Hunter region).