Bird Families

Screaming Pitta / Pitta versicolor


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Distribution and lifestyle

Pitts are common in the tropics of Africa, Asia and Australia. They live in forests and bushes, keep mainly on the ground, moving in rapid jumps. They fly reluctantly. Many spherical, with a side entrance, covered, on the ground or bushes. In clutch there are from 2 to 7 variegated eggs. They feed on insects, worms, molluscs, small vertebrates.

The genus currently has 14 species:

  • Pitta anerythra Rothschild, 1901 - black-faced pitta
  • Pitta angolensis Vieillot, 1816 - Angolan pitta
  • Pitta brachyura Linnaeus, 1766 - blue-winged pitta
  • Pitta elegans Temminck, 1836 - slender pitta
  • Pitta iris Gould, 1842 - rainbow pitta
  • Pitta maxima S. Muller et Schlegel, 1845 - giant pitta
  • Pitta megarhyncha Schlegel, 1863 - mangrove pitta
  • Pitta moluccensis Statius Muller, 1776 - Moluccan pitta
  • Pitta nympha Temminck et Schlegel, 1850 - pitta nymph
  • Pitta reichenowi Madarasz, 1901 - green-breasted pitta
  • Pitta sordida Statius Muller, 1776 - black-headed pitta
  • Pitta steerii Sharpe, 1876 - Pitta Steer, blue-bellied pitta
  • Pitta superba Rothschild et Hartert, 1914 - black-backed pitta
  • Pitta versicolor Swainson, 1825 - loud pitta