The Pitta: the Holy Grail of birdwatchers, the most coveted of all twitches. Birds said to have plumages which shine like prized gemstones, living jewelry which adorns the breast of Mother Nature.
Yet the pitta remains among the most elusive of forest species. Highly secretive and skulking, pittas possess the stealth of a ninja, the elusiveness of a spy and the invisibility of a ghost.
Thailand is blessed to play home to 13 species. However, one is thought to have been extirpated, a second nearing extinction and two more deep in the endangered lists. Keeping the rest off the Redlist will require the implementation of sound conservation principles paired with tireless conservation on the part of the private and government sectors.
Like the Blue winged, Hooded Pittas are wet-season breeding visitors to Thailand. This individual was photographed at The Treehouse Resort in Khao Sok.
Mangrove Pittas are as mysterious as they are stunning. These mangrove specialties are very stealthy and difficult to observe at times. This picture was taken at Ao Phang Nga National Park.
Blue winged Pittas are fairly common throughout Thailand and are even found in municipal parks and housing estates. This one was photographed in Krung Ching.
The Malayan Banded Pitta has earned the title “King of the Forest”. Sri Phang Nga National Park is the best place to locate this regal bird.
The female Banded Pitta lacks the brilliant blue on the breast but is still a gorgeous lady with killer poses.