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Hooded Pitta Pitta sordida cucullata   - Plumage detail
Hooded Pitta
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 8 December 2018
English synonyms:Green-breasted Pitta, Green Breasted Pitta, Jewel Thrush, Black-headed Pitta (novaeguineae), Black Headed Pitta (novaeguineae), Eastern Hooded Pitta (novaeguineae), Wallacean Hooded Pitta (sordida, forsteni, sanghirana), Oriental Hooded Pitta (cucullata, bangkana, mulleri), Northern Hooded Pitta (cucullata), Western Hooded Pitta (sordida, cucullata, abbotti, mulleri, bangkana, palawanensis, sanghirana, forsteni), Chestnut-crowned Pitta (cucullata, abbotti), Minahasa Pitta (forsteni)
Bird Family :Pittidae - Pittas
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :We came home from lunch today to find, sadly, a dead adult Hooded Pitta in the garden; possibly died in the past 1-2 hours. One eye had an old injury and looked blind, which may have accounted for an easier impact into a window (presumed cause of death). Some images taken to document features. Note the orange at the base of the mouth of which Wells (2007) says “many autumn migrants in full adult plumage are orange at the angle of the mouth”. Lower tail-coverts bright red. The upper tail-coverts and lesser wing-coverts are brilliant electric blue or turquoise. Note the oval white patch on the flight feathers. This is larger in males cf females (see Wells 2007 for a full description). In males it usually involves flight feathers P2/3 to P9/10; in females it involves flight feathers P4/5 to P8/9. But it can be variable in both. In this bird the oval white patch involved flight feathers P5 to 10. Inclined to think this could be a female.
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