The rare and elusive Gurney's Pitta (Pitta gurneyi) is regarded as one of the world's most endangered birds. Until recently this species was known from less than 20 individuals all occurring in a single reserve in southern Thailand. Following the discovery of additional populations in southern Myanmar in 2003, the status Gurney's Pitta was downgraded from Critically Endangered to Endangered. This species occurs only in flat lowland rainforest, a rapidly disappearing habitat in this region due to logging and oil-palm plantations. The adult male bird pictured here sports a leg band from a recent population survey. Krabi, Thailand.
- © Chien C. Lee
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- Birds, Southeast Asia Mainland