Birds of Sri Lanka : Pitta brachyura

Pitta brachyura (Avichchiya/Indian pitta)

Indian pitta
Pitta brachyura

The Indian pitta (Pitta brachyura) is a passerine bird native to the Indian subcontinent. It inhabits scrub jungle, deciduous and dense evergreen forest. Breeding in the forests of the Himalayas, hills of central and western India, they migrate to other parts of the peninsula in winter. Although very colourful, they are usually shy and hidden in the undergrowth where they hop and pick insects on the forest floor. They have a distinctive two note whistling call which may be heard at dawn and dusk.It is considered Least Concern by IUCN as its range is very large.    (Source: Wikipedia)

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