The Hooded Pitta is a passerine that lives in eastern and southeastern Asia. Their preferred habitat is typically forest and woodland or cultivated land (farms and plantations) adjacent to forest. They eat insects, worms, snails and berries. Both parents contribute to caring for eggs and raising hatchlings. They are widespread in their natural range and have a conservation status of 'least threatened.'
Although they are ground foragers and nesters, they have strong flight. Like other pittas, they are stocky with short tails. Hooded Pittas are named for their dark heads, which contrast with their colorful body plumage.