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 (42)

Eared Pitta (Hydrornis phayrei)
Blue-naped Pitta (Hydrornis nipalensis)
Blue-rumped Pitta (Hydrornis soror)
Rusty-naped Pitta (Hydrornis oatesi)
Schneider’s Pitta (Hydrornis schneideri)
Giant Pitta (Hydrornis caeruleus)
Blue-headed Pitta (Hydrornis baudii)
Blue Pitta (Hydrornis cyaneus)
Bar-bellied Pitta (Hydrornis elliotii)
Javan Banded Pitta (Hydrornis guajanus)
Malayan Banded Pitta (Hydrornis irena)
Bornean Banded Pitta (Hydrornis schwaneri)
Gurney’s Pitta (Hydrornis gurneyi)
Whiskered Pitta (Erythropitta kochi)
Philippine Pitta (Erythropitta erythrogaster)
Sula Pitta (Erythropitta dohertyi)
Sulawesi Pitta (Erythropitta celebensis)
Siau Pitta (Erythropitta palliceps)
Sangihe Pitta (Erythropitta caeruleitorques)
South Moluccan Pitta (Erythropitta rubrinucha)
North Moluccan Pitta (Erythropitta rufiventris)
Louisiade Pitta (Erythropitta meeki)
Bismarck Pitta (Erythropitta novaehibernicae)
Papuan Pitta (Erythropitta macklotii)
Blue-banded Pitta (Erythropitta arquata)
Garnet Pitta (Erythropitta granatina)
Graceful Pitta (Erythropitta venusta)
Black-crowned Pitta (Erythropitta ussheri)
Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida)
Ivory-breasted Pitta (Pitta maxima)
Azure-breasted Pitta (Pitta steerii)
Superb Pitta (Pitta superba)
African Pitta (Pitta angolensis)
Green-breasted Pitta (Pitta reichenowi)
Indian Pitta (Pitta brachyura)
Fairy Pitta (Pitta nympha)
Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis)
Mangrove Pitta (Pitta megarhyncha)
Elegant Pitta (Pitta elegans)
Rainbow Pitta (Pitta iris)
Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor)
Black-faced Pitta (Pitta anerythra)


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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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