Hooded Pitta at Jurong Lake Park

on 13th December 2008

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

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.

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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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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