Monotypic species endemic to Java and Bali in Indonesia.
Pitta (guajana) irena and Pitta (guajana) schwaneri have been given separate full species status as Malayan Banded Pitta Pitta irena (including ripleyi) and Bornean Banded Pitta Pitta schwaneri. The form P. (g) affinis is considered indistinguishable from and therefore merged in P. guajana. The form P. (g.) bangkae is considered to be based on a mislabelled specimen from Java and therefore discounted. Ref.: Rheindt, F. E. and Eaton, J. A. 2010. Biological species limits in the Banded Pitta Pitta guajana. Forktail 26: 86-91.