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15

Rainbow Pitta

(Pitta iris)
Alternate name(s): "Black-breasted Pitta"
Size: 16-19 cm
Weight: 52-88 g

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Rainbow Pitta at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "iris"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Close-up frontal view of a Rainbow Pitta (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Tumbling Waters, near Darwin, NT, July 2020]

Frontal view of a Rainbow Pitta (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Fogg Dam CR, NT, July 2020]

Close-up near-frontal view of a Rainbow Pitta (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Tumbling Waters, near Darwin, NT, July 2020]

Near-frontal view of a Rainbow Pitta (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Rainbow Pitta (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Tumbling Waters, near Darwin, NT, September 2019]

Near-lateral view of a Rainbow Pitta (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Tumbling Waters, near Darwin, NT, September 2019]

Lateral view of a Rainbow Pitta (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, July 2013]

Lateral view of a Rainbow Pitta (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, July 2013]

Lateral view of a Rainbow Pitta (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Tumbling Waters, near Darwin, NT, July 2020]

Lateral view of a Rainbow Pitta (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Rainbow Pitta (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Rainbow Pitta foraging on the ground (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, July 2013]

Dorsal view of a Rainbow Pitta hiding in shrubbery (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2018]

Dorsal view of a Rainbow Pitta (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Fogg Dam CR, NT, July 2020]

Close-up dorsal/ventral view of a Rainbow Pitta (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Tumbling Waters, near Darwin, NT, July 2020]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Oct - Feb Eggs: 3 - 4 Incubation period: 15 - 17 days Fledging age: 14 - 20 days

Nest building: Female & male Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Domed basket Material: Thick sticks, dead leaves, grass, bark Height above ground: 0 - 2? m

Near-dorsal view of a Rainbow Pitta carrying a thick stick for its nest (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Howard Springs Nature Reserve, near Darwin, NT, October 2020]

Near-dorsal view of a Rainbow Pitta ignoring a snake while collecting nest material (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Howard Springs Nature Reserve, near Darwin, NT, October 2020]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 30 x 24 mm Colour: White, with sparse light-grey to light-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Behaviour

Rainbow Pittas spend a lot of time on the ground, but to mark their territory they use elevated perches
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Food, Diet

Rainbow Pittas feed, amongst other things, on worms.

Lateral view of a Rainbow Pitta that has caught a worm (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

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.

Rainbow Pittas usually call only during the breeding season.

rainpit_pb_20191219.m4a iris
(Darwin, NT)
Contact calls? © PB
rainpit_pb_20200614.m4a iris
(Darwin, NT)
Contact calls? (Q&A)
(+ Grey Whistler)
© PB

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