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Pitta venusta-20030928
Graceful Pitta
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Tyranni
Infraorder: Eurylaimides
Family: Pittidae
Genus: Erythropitta
Bonaparte, 1854
  • Erythropitta kochi
  • Erythropitta arcuata
  • Erythropitta granatina
  • Erythropitta ussheri
  • Erythropitta venusta
  • Erythropitta erythrogaster
  • Erythropitta dohertyi
  • Erythropitta celebensis
  • Erythropitta caeruleitorques
  • Erythropitta palliceps
  • Erythropitta rubrinucha
  • Erythropitta rufiventris
  • Erythropitta meeki
  • Erythropitta macklotii
  • Erythropitta novaehibernicae

Red-bellied pittas, Erythropitta is a genus of pitta. The genus contains fifteen species, found mostly in South-east Asia, with one species ranging into Australia. The genus was formerly merged with the large genus Pitta, but a 2009 study split the family into three genera.[1]


Based on Irestedt et al. (2013)[2] and Collar et al. (2015),[3] the Northern Red-bellied Pitta has been further divided into:

And Southern Red-bellied Pitta has been split into:



  1. ^ Irestedt, M., Ohlson, J. I., Zuccon, D., Källersjö, M. & Ericson, P. G. P. (2006). "Nuclear DNA from old collections of avian study skins reveals the evolutionary history of the Old World suboscines (Aves: Passeriformes)" (PDF). Zoologica Scripta. 35: 567–580. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2006.00249.x. 
  2. ^ Irestedt, M., P.-H. Fabre, H. Batalha-Filho, K.A. Jønsson, C.S. Roselaar, G. Sangster, and P.G.P. Ericson (2013). "The spatio-temporal colonization and diversification across the Indo-Pacific by a 'great speciator' (Aves, Erythropitta erythrogaster)". Proc. Royal Soc. B. 280 (1759). doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.0309. 
  3. ^ Collar N.J., J. del Hoyo, and F. Jutglar (2015), The number of species in the Red-bellied Pitta Erythropitta erythrogaster complex: a quantitative analysis of morphological characters, Forktail 31, 13-23.

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