Mangrove Pitta : Recently Sighted
Odisha forest officials have recently sighted 179 mangrove pitta birds in the first ever census conducted of these exotic and colourful birds in the country.
- Mangrove Pitta is a species of passerine bird in the Pittidae family native to Southeast Asia and South Asia.
- Scientific Name: Pitta megarhyncha
- Distribution: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand (primarily the west coast of the southern Thai peninsula).
- It is found in mangrove and nipa palm forests where it feeds on crustaceans, mollusks and insects.
- They are colourful birds which have black head with brown crown, white throat, greenish upper parts, buff under-parts and reddish vent area.
- Conservation Status:
- IUCN: Near Threatened