Hooded Pitta at Jurong Lake Park

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G Sreedharan photographed a Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida) at Singapore’s Jurong Lake Park on the mid-afternoon of 30th November 2008.

“Bird 
spent most of the time up on several different trees. Another sighting was reported in Chinese Garden a day earlier. It could be the same 
bird which implies that it may be moving over a wide area (Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, Jurong Lake Park).”

Over at Bididari, Con Foley also encountered a Hooded Pitta on 7th December.

The Hooded Pitta is an uncommon winter visitor and passage migrant. Since the 1980s, a few birds have been recorded every year. They appear from November to April-May, peaking in December.

In their wintering grounds, these pitas are found in less closed-canopy forests. They roost off the ground and are silent most of the time except during calling a few times as they go to roost and again at dawn.

Image by G Sreedharan.

References:
1.
Wang, L.K. & C. J. Hails, 2007. An annotated checklist of birds of Singapore. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement 15: 1-179.
2. Wells, D.R., 2007. The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. II, Passerines. Christopher Helm, London. 800 pp.

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  2. […] Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida), an uncommon winter visitor and passage migrant to Singapore, has been seen by many around the end of November to December 2008. The areas around Jurong, at the Chinese and […]

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