Like all pittas, this Philippine species forages for food on the forest floor, flicking aside dead leaves with its bill and digging into the moist soil (2) (6), often watching and listening with its head cocked to one side (2). It is known to feed on small beetles, but may also feed on other invertebrates living in the soil and leaf litter (2). Often found in areas inhabited by wild pigs, the whiskered pitta may take advantage of the holes dug by the pigs, which exposes potential food (2).
Nests of the whiskered pitta have been reported situated on the ground, or in a bush no more than one metre above the forest floor (2). Local people have reported that this small bird lays its eggs in early February, March and May, and adult whiskered pittas have been observed carrying food, presumably to feed their young, in April (6).