Range of Eared Pitta Hydrornis phayrei extends to Xishuangbanna, Yunnan. HABITAT & BEHAVIOR Forests, where forages for grubs and worms in leaf litter. ID Unmistakable. Long, broad, spotted eyebrows buff before eye and white behind and protrude behind head like horns; female’s shorter. Male has black coronal stripe, head sides, nape and malar; throat whitish. Otherwise brown above, buffy below, with black spotting or scaling. Whitish patch on primaries seen in flight. Female duller; black on head mostly replaced by brown and smaller white spots; body less rusty, with heavier scaling on underparts. Juveniles duller than females. BARE PARTS Bill black; feet pink. VOICE Enigmatic, full-throated two-note whistle, first note sliding up to second. Song usually repeated at long intervals. — Craig Brelsford
Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.