Indian Pittas, endemic bird spotted in Delhi

India Pitta, an endemic bird was spotted in Delhi after 60 years recently.

Jan 6, 2014 12:06 IST
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India Pitta, a small and colourful bird which is endemic was spotted at Aravalli Biodiversity Park in Delhi after 60 years recently.

A rare butterfly, Striped Blue Crow, was also seen for the first time at Aravalli Biodiversity Park.

Indian pitta is mainly found in the Himalayan foothills and Western Ghats in winters is mainly seen in closed canopy forest.

image Pittas belong to the family of Pittidate that has 32 species distributed throughout Asia, Africa and Australia.

The bird is also known as the Blue-Winged Pitta, the Bengal Pitta, the Painted Thrush and Navaratna in Hindi  because of it vibrant colours.

The bird sighting was last reported by omithologist Usha Ganguli in her book A Guide to the Birds of Delhi.


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