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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Pittas

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Pittidae

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The family of Pittas can be found in Central and South Africa, Southeast Asia and Northern Australia. The birds are bulky, have short wings, short tails and long legs. The neck is short and the beak strong. The body length ranges from 15 cm to 30 cm. The plumage has iridescent colors. Despite the bright colors, they are secret ground dwellers and not easy to spot. Their diet consists of small animals and fruits. the large covered nest made of twigs, leaves and roots has a side entrance. The 3 to 7 eggs and the nidicolous young are incubated and looked after by both parents.

Erythropitta

     kochi - Whiskered Pitta (4)
     erythrogaster - Red-bellied Pitta (1)
     caeruleitorques - Sangihe Pitta (1)
     palliceps - Siao Pitta (1)
     celebensis - Sulawesi Pitta (1)
     dohertyi - Sula Pitta (2)
     rufiventris - North Moluccan Pitta (2)
     rubrinucha - South Moluccan Pitta (1)
     macklotii - Papuan Pitta (4)
     novaehibernicae - New Ireland Pitta (1)
     splendida - Tabar Pitta (1)
     gazellae - New Britain Pitta (1)
     meeki - Louisiade Pitta (1)
     venusta - Graceful Pitta (3)
     ussheri - Black-crowned Pitta (2)
     arquata - Blue-banded Pitta (1)
     granatina - Garnet Pitta (4)

Hydrornis

     phayrei - Eared Pitta (2)
     oatesi - Rusty-naped Pitta (2)
     nipalensis - Blue-naped Pitta (1)
     soror - Blue-rumped Pitta (1)
     caeruleus - Giant Pitta (4)
     schneideri - Schneider's Pitta (1)
     irena - Malayan Banded-Pitta (1)
     guajanus - Banded Pitta (4)
     schwaneri - Bornean Banded-Pitta (1)
     baudii - Blue-headed Pitta (4)
     cyaneus - Blue Pitta (1)
     elliotii - Bar-bellied Pitta (1)
     gurneyi - Gurney's Pitta (3)

Pitta

     angolensis - African Pitta (1)
     reichenowi - Green-breasted Pitta (2)
     brachyura - Indian Pitta (2)
     moluccensis - Blue-winged Pitta (6)
     nympha - Fairy Pitta (2)
     sordida - Hooded Pitta (4)
     steerii - Azure-breasted Pitta (3)
     versicolor - Noisy Pitta (3)
     maxima - Ivory-breasted Pitta (2)
     elegans - Elegant Pitta (3)
     anerythra - Black-faced Pitta (1)
     megarhyncha - Mangrove Pitta (3)
     superba - Superb Pitta (2)
     iris - Rainbow Pitta (2)

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