Pittidae – Pittas

Indian Pitta (Pitta brachyura) ©WikiC

Indian Pitta (Pitta brachyura) ©WikiC

Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish. (1 Kings 4:33 NKJV)

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

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Eared Pitta (Hydrornis phayrei) ©Drawing WikiC – Video IBC
Blue-naped Pitta (Hydrornis nipalensis) OBI
Blue-rumped Pitta (Hydrornis soror) OBI
Rusty-naped Pitta (Hydrornis oatesi) ©WikiC
Schneider’s Pitta (Hydrornis schneideri) OBI
Giant Pitta (Hydrornis caeruleus) ©WikiC
Blue-headed Pitta (Hydrornis baudii) ©Drawing WikiC- Photo OBI
Blue Pitta (Hydrornis cyanea) ©WikiC
Bar-bellied Pitta (Hydrornis elliotii) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo OBI
Javan Banded Pitta (Hydrornis guajanus) ©WikiC
Malayan Banded Pitta (Hydrornis irena) OBI
Bornean Banded Pitta (Hydrornis schwaneri) OBI
Gurney’s Pitta (Hydrornis gurneyi) OBI
Whiskered Pitta (Erythropitta kochi) OBI
Philippine Pitta (Erythropitta erythrogaster) OBI
Sula Pitta (Erythropitta dohertyi) ©Drawing WikiC
Sulawesi Pitta (Erythropitta celebensis) ©WikiC
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) ©Drawing WikiC
Blue-banded Pitta (Erythropitta arquata) OBI
Garnet Pitta (Erythropitta granatina) by Timothy©©
Graceful Pitta (Erythropitta venusta) ©WikiC
Black-crowned Pitta (Erythropitta ussheri) OBI
Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida) ©WikiC
Ivory-breasted Pitta (Pitta maxima) OBI
Azure-breasted Pitta (Pitta steerii) OBI
Superb Pitta (Pitta superba) Video IBC
African Pitta (Pitta angolensis) IBC
Green-breasted Pitta (Pitta reichenowi) IBC
Indian Pitta (Pitta brachyura) ©WikiC
Fairy Pitta (Pitta nympha) ©WikiC
Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis) 10.000 Birds
Mangrove Pitta (Pitta megarhyncha) OBI
Elegant Pitta (Pitta elegans) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo OBI
Rainbow Pitta (Pitta iris)  Oiseaux
Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) IBC
Black-faced Pitta (Pitta anerythra) IBC

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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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