Hooded pitta (pitta Sordida)
Our female pitta was hatched in 2009 and came here in 2010. She can be found in the Zoo's Aviary.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern.
Hooded pittas can be found in Southeast Asia, typically in wooded areas, rainforests and scrublands.
These birds are omnivores (eats both plants and animals). They feed on insects, beetles, ants, termites, earthworms, snails and berries.
- Both the male and female care for their eggs and chicks.
- Hooded pittas have a very loud, fluty double-whistle call which sounds like "qweek qweek."
- They hunt and build nests on the ground.