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Noisy Pitta

(Pitta versicolor)
Alternate name(s): "Dragoon-bird", "Anvil-bird", "Buff-breasted Pitta"
Size: 18-20 cm
Weight: 80-100 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Noisy Pitta at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "versicolor"

ADULT

Near-frontal view of a Noisy Pitta (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Mt Tamborine, Tamborine NP, QLD, August 2013]

Close-up lateral view of a Noisy Pitta
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, August 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a Noisy Pitta (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mount Glorious, QLD, March 2017]

Dorsal view of a Noisy Pitta, typical upright stance (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, QLD, May 2014]

Noisy Pitta foraging in leaf litter; note the iridescence of the turquoise feathers
[Iluka NR, NSW, May 2014]

Noisy Pitta basking in the sun (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Mt Glorious NP, QLD, January 2013]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-dorsal view of an immature Noisy Pitta - note the still pink gape; also this bird is only just starting to grow iridiscent turquoise wing feathers (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mount Glorious, QLD, March 2017]

Race "simillima"

ADULT

Lateral view of a Noisy Pitta in leaf litter (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Lateral view of a Noisy Pitta in leaf litter (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Noisy Pitta; note the blue tail coverts (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Behaviour

Noisy Pitta in very open surroundings - on a sealed road (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Lateral view of Noisy Pitta in aggressive posture towards a nearby Bar-shouldered Dove (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Lateral view of Noisy Pitta "locomotion" - they don't run, but hop (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Noisy Pitta in the upright "alert" stance (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Food, Diet

Noisy Pitta picking up (dead?) insects from the surface of a sealed road (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Noisy Pitta swallowing its prey (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

Noisy Pittas will usually call only during the breeding season.

noispit_20150328.mp3 NE NSW Territorial call (male)? © MD

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