This species is uncommon. It inhabits coastal mangroves and freshwater swamp forests in India (mainly West Bengal), Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. It nests during May-June (BirdLife International 2016).
According to the IUCN Red List assessment, the population of this species is declining, and its current population size is unknown. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat degradation due to mangriove clearance for agriculture (BirdLife International 2016).
Cite this page along with its URL as: Bhavanarayeni, R., and A. Bayani. 2023. Pitta megarhyncha Schlegel, 1863 – Mangrove Pitta. Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Birds of India, v. 2.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. http://www.birdsofindia.org/sp/1260/Pitta-megarhyncha
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