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Sula Pitta - BirdForum Opus

Erythropitta dohertyi

Identification

16 - 18cm

  • Black head, neck and throat except for chestnut crown
  • Glossy green upperparts
  • Blue wings
  • Narrow light blue breastband with broad blackish band on underparts
  • Red belly and vent

Sexes similar, females have white iris.

Distribution

Found on Banggai Islands (Peleng and Banggai) and Sula Islands (Taliabu, Seho and Mangole) in Indonesia.
Uncommon and local, considered near-threatened.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly included in Red-bellied Pitta.

Habitat

Lowland evergreen forest below 200 m. Also in secondary habitats.

Behaviour

Diet

Feeds on insects and their larvae, earthworms and some plant material.
Forages mainly on the ground.

Breeding

The domed nest is made of twigs and leaves, grass and ferns. It's mostly placed on the ground or low in scrub or a tree. Some nests were placed 10m above the ground. Lays 2 eggs.

Movements

Probably a sedentary species.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2003. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3rd ed., with updates to October 2008 (Corrigenda 8). Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117010
  3. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2016. IOC World Bird Names (version 6.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  4. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2003. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 8: Broadbills to Tapaculos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334504

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