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ANIMAL FACTS - Pittas

Noisy Pittas are found along Queensland's east coast.

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There are 26 known species of Pittas and three of these live here in Australia. The Rainbow Pitta is endemic to northwestern Australia and is the closest relative to the Noisy Pitta. They are beautifully coloured small birds that stand about 15 centimetres tall and 'hop' about the forest floor. There is not a whole lot known about these shy little birds.

(Pitta Iris)

Habitat

Rainbow Pittas live in rainforest, mangrove and eucalyptus forest. Their distribution is little pockets in vine forests in coastal Arnhem Lands, NT and northwestern Kimberleys, WA. Also Melville Island and Groote Eylandt.

Diet

They forage unobtrusively in the leaf litter of the forest floor hopping along, pausing to poke with the bill and to snatch and break open hard-shelled prey. Land snails, worms and ground-living insects are their staple diet.

Breeding

They are mainly terrestrial birds and breed from November to March. They build a large dome nest, varying to shallower, partly open nest that is approximately 110mm in diameter 40mm deep. They use sticks, leaves, grasses, pieces of dead bamboo to build the outside dome and lined with pieces of decaying wood and grass.

Pitta Iris

Display Status

On DisplayOur Amazing Pittas(s) are currently on display

Threat Level

Least Concern

Least Concern