A dark headed beauty wearing spectacular splashes of crimson with turquoise and a brilliant iridescent blue – meet the hooded pitta

Splashes of scarlet, chestnut, turquoise, and dazzling blue mix to create a magnificent show on a timid foraging bird in the forest.

The hooded pitta (Pitta sordida) is a Pittidae family passerine bird.

This bird’s head is crowned with a chestnut crown, and it has an emerald green body with pale blue spots on its shoulders.

A dark headed beauty wearing spectacular splashes of crimson with turquoise and a brilliant iridescent blue – meet the hooded pitta

The belly has a brilliant scarlet stripe and rump that terminates towards the short tail of this bird.

They have quite lengthy legs and feet. Females are a vivid green as well, albeit they are somewhat duller than males.

They have the same slightly down-curved bill as the male, but with less white on the wing.

This Asian species may be found from southern China and northern India all the way down to Indonesia and Papua-New Guinea.

A dark headed beauty wearing spectacular splashes of crimson with turquoise and a brilliant iridescent blue – meet the hooded pitta

They are a secretive bird that forages in the forest litter for adult and larval invertebrates such as bugs, beetles, ants, cockroaches, roundworms, snails, and berries.

Hooded pittas breed throughout February and August, constructing a dome-shaped structure on the ground from of roots, bamboo stalks, rootlets, moss, and twigs, which they cover with softer material.

The female will deposit 3-4 eggs, which will be incubated for 15-16 days by both sexes.

The chicks are subsequently fed by both parents until they reach the age of 16 days.

A dark headed beauty wearing spectacular splashes of crimson with turquoise and a brilliant iridescent blue – meet the hooded pitta

Because of its wide breeding area, this species is not considered threatened at the moment.

Please keep in mind that the population has been rapidly declining owing to habitat degradation and collecting for the cage bird trade.

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