Gurney's Pitta Hydrornis gurneyi

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Highly range-restricted and declining pitta. Only known healthy population is in far southern Myanmar; now all but functionally extinct in southern Thailand. Male has purple-blue crown, bright yellow half-collar, and black-and-yellow underparts. Female has a pale yellow crown and black-barred yellowish breast and belly. Inhabits lowland rainforests, where it forages singly or in pairs in gullies and ditches, often near water. Gives a raptor-like “chiiir!”.

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