Noisy Pitta (species: Pitta (Pitta) versicolor) in Bundjalung NP (Gaia Guide)
Pitta (Pitta) versicolor
Noisy Pitta

©Graham Winterflood: Noisy Pitta (Pitta (Pitta) versicolor), Julatten, north Queensland

©Malcolm Tattersall: Noisy Pitta (Noisy Pitta)

©Tom Tarrant: Noisy Pitta (Pitta (Pitta) versicolor)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Pittidae
Genus Pitta
Species Pitta (Pitta) versicolor
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has a black head and nape of neck with a chestnut crown. The wings are green with a turquoise front edge and the back is also green. The throat, breast and belly are lemon yellow. The tail is black and the under-tail coverts are orange-red. (Wikipedia)


  • From 18 cm to 22 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found in forest habitats near the east coast of Australia. Its range extends from the northern tip of Queensland southwards to the New South Wales/Victoria border. It occurs mainly in rainforest but is also sometimes found in drier woodland. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings


Border Ranges National Park, New South Wales, Australia.

© Marc Anderson


It is a bird of the forest floor where it rummages through the leaf litter for the insects, woodlice, snails and other invertebrates on which it feeds. It bobs its head up and down and flicks its tail from side to side while it forages. Its diet includes some fruit and it cracks open the shells of molluscs such as the giant panda snail (Hedleyella falconeri) on an anvil, a stone or other hard surface habitually used for this purpose. (Wikipedia)

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