The rusty-naped pitta (Hydrornis oatesi) is a species of bird in the family Pittidae. The rusty-naped pitta was described by the amateur ornithologist Allan Octavian Hume in 1873 from specimens collected in the eastern Pegu Hills, Myanmar. Hume coined the current binomial name Hydrornis oatesi. The species was subsequently placed in the genus Pitta but was then moved back to the resurrected genus Hydrornis in 2006 based on the results of a molecular phylogenetic study. The genus Hydrornis had been introduced by the English zoologist Edward Blyth in 1843. The specific epithet was chosen to honour the amateur ornithologist Eugene William Oates (1845-1911) who had collected the specimens.
The male has a deep brown head and underparts with dull green wings. It has a well defined black stripe behind the eyes. The female is duller than the male, with brownish tingeing on the wings and vague dark scaling on the lower throat. The rusty-naped pitta is found in Indochina and adjacent parts of southern China. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical, tropical moist montane forests and bamboo forests. It is typically found above 800 m (2,600 ft). [Source: Wikipedia]
Arrived at Fraser's Hill at 4:30pm with my friend Din Mohd Yaman and we went up straight to the port. We were lucky that a male rusty-naped pitta greeted us at 5:07pm. It stayed there on the log for about 3 minutes before it bounced off into the forest. That was the only occurrence that evening and we went off at 6:15pm to check-in at The Pines and rest for the night. We were blessed that there was nobody there when we arrived at the port.
Name: Rusty-naped pitta (female)
Scientific: Hydrornis oatesi
Malay: Berlau Tengkuk-karat / Burung Pita Gunung / Pacat Tepus
IUCN Red List (v3.1, 2016): Near Threatened
Location: Fraser's Hill, Pahang
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