Pittidae – Pittas

Indian Pitta (Pitta brachyura) ©WikiC

Indian Pitta (Pitta brachyura) ©WikiC

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CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Pittidae – Pittas


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Species (41)

Paradise-crow (Lycocorax pyrrhopterus)
Glossy-mantled Manucode (Manucodia ater)
Jobi Manucode (Manucodia jobiensis)
Crinkle-collared Manucode (Manucodia chalybatus)
Curl-crested Manucode (Manucodia comrii)
Trumpet Manucode (Phonygammus keraudrenii)
Long-tailed Paradigalla (Paradigalla carunculata)
Short-tailed Paradigalla (Paradigalla brevicauda)
Arfak Astrapia (Astrapia nigra)
Splendid Astrapia (Astrapia splendidissima)
Ribbon-tailed Astrapia (Astrapia mayeri)
Princess Stephanie’s Astrapia (Astrapia stephaniae)
Huon Astrapia (Astrapia rothschildi)
Western Parotia (Parotia sefilata)
Queen Carola’s Parotia (Parotia carolae)
Bronze Parotia (Parotia berlepschi)
Lawes’s Parotia (Parotia lawesii)
Eastern Parotia (Parotia helenae)
Wahnes’s Parotia (Parotia wahnesi)
King of Saxony Bird-of-paradise (Pteridophora alberti)
Superb Bird-of-paradise (Lophorina superba)
Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus)
Victoria’s Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae)
Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus)
Growling Riflebird (Ptiloris intercedens)
Black Sicklebill (Epimachus fastosus)
Brown Sicklebill (Epimachus meyeri)
Black-billed Sicklebill (Drepanornis albertisi)
Pale-billed Sicklebill (Drepanornis bruijnii)
Magnificent Bird-of-paradise (Diphyllodes magnificus)
Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise (Diphyllodes respublica)
King Bird-of-paradise (Cicinnurus regius)
Standardwing (Semioptera wallacii)
Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise (Seleucidis melanoleucus)
Greater Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea apoda)
Raggiana Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea raggiana)
Lesser Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea minor)
Goldie’s Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea decora)
Red Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea rubra)
Emperor Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea guilielmi)
Blue Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea rudolphi)
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Pittas are a family, Pittidae, of passerine birds mainly found in tropical Asia and Australasia, although a couple of species live in Africa. Pittas are all similar in general structure and habits, and have often been placed in a single genus, although as of 2009 they are now split into three genera, Pitta, Erythropitta and Hydrornis. The name is derived from the word pitta in the Telugu language of Andhra Pradesh in India and is a generic local name used for all small birds. Pittas are medium-sized by passerine standards, stocky, with longish strong legs and long feet. They have very short tails and stout, slightly decurved bills. Many, but not all, have brightly coloured plumage.

These are fairly terrestrial birds of wet forest floors. They eat snails, insects and similar invertebrate prey. Pittas are mostly solitary and lay up to six eggs in a large spherical nest in a tree or shrub, or sometimes on the ground. Both parents care for the young. Many species of pittas are migratory, and they often end up in unexpected places like house-gardens during migration. (Wikipedia with editing)

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