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Blue-Winged Pitta

About Blue-Winged Pitta

This is a small, plump-breasted bird with a strong bill, longish legs, and short tail. Upperparts greenish with bright violet-blue wing coverts and blackish outer wings with big white wing-patches in flight; rump violet-blue; tail black with narrow blue band at tip; head black with paler buff-chestnut band above eye; throat white; underparts buff, shading to crimson on belly and flanks; legs pinkish, feet and toes yellowish; bill black; eyes dark brown.

The Blue-Winged Pitta breeds at different times. It builds a large, untidy spherical nest on the ground of twigs, roots, grasses, leaves and mosses, with a side entrance, often between tree roots near water. The female lays 4-6 white or cream eggs, heavily marked with purple, that are incubated by both parents for 15-17 days.

The Blue-Winged Pitta species looks like a plump, long-legged thrush. It has a stocky body, sturdy bill, large eyes, strong legs and short tail, and are adapted for a life spent largely on the forest floor. Pittas are known for their jewel-like beauty. The brilliant colors are mostly on the underside, this makes it hard to spot in the dark forest understory. This bird reacts to danger by standing with its back turned towards an intruder, making it hard to see.

Blue-Winged Pittas migrate at night, forming loose flocks. The Blue-Winged Pitta forages by flicking fallen leaves aside with its bill to expose prey, ranging from ants or snails to large crickets. It also digs in the soil for earthworms.