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Hooded Pitta

Pitta sordida

Passeriformes - Pittidae - Pittas

Hooded Pitta - 6 day old chick

© Jessica Borer

Hooded Pitta - 6 day old chickHooded Pitta - Adults

Distribution: Eastern and southeastern Asia and Maritime Southeast Asia

Habitat: Wide range of habitats, various forest types, plantations, mangroves & swamps.

Diet: Insects, larvae, earthworms & snails.

Breeding: Nest built by both sexes - football sized flattened dome, made from twigs, leaves, moss & plant fibres.

Clutch size: 2-5 eggs

Incubation: 15-16 days

Rearing: Both parents feed the chicks

Fledge age: 16 days

Protocols

Protocol from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Compiled by Jessica Borer

View Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Compiled by Jessica Borer protocol file >

Protocol established 2010
Used on 16 individuals
Success rate 62.50%

Rating

Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success 
Used by 2 or more institutions*
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs*
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points
Keep humidity at approx 50%, no lower in early stages.
Faecal production in early days can be irregular, may need to be stimulated. Can go up to 12 hours without producing faecals to start with, then should get more regular.
When a little older, chicks beg better if tweezers held below beak, rather than above.
Most chicks lose a lot of weight when fledging (up to a third of previous highest body weight!) - monitor closely - should increase again quickly

Protocol from Waddesdon Manor

View Waddesdon Manor protocol file >

Protocol established 2014
Used on 4 individuals
Success rate ?%

Rating

Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success 
Used by 2 or more institutions 
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs 
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points
None

Please keep us up-to-date and contact us with your own updates or new protocols for rearing the Hooded Pitta.

References

Handbook Of The Birds Of The World. Vol 8. Broadbills to Tapaculos, Lynx Edicions, Barcelona

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