Our choice from Flickr this month

Indian Pitta

Indian pitta in our flickr group

IndianWildlifeClub Flickr page started in 2005.  Over the years it has got 1124 members who have contributed 16.9k photographs.  This is a veritable pool of information for a citizen scientist.  We would welcome analysis of these photographs from a conservation angle by our members.

This month we searched for photographs of Indian Pitta and came up with a random list.   Following the photographs from 2007 till date, we found that this bird is a photographer's delight whether in a jungle or in home gardens.   Just go to https://www.flickr.com/groups/iwc/pool/ and search the photos.  Start asking questions? why?, where?  when?  

The Indian Pitta (Pitta brachyura) is a medium-sized passerine bird. It breeds mainly in the sub-Himalayas and winters in southern India and Sri Lanka. These birds are found in thick undergrowth and are often more easily detected by their calls.

It is an extremely colorful bird with 9 colors on its body (all visible when it spreads its wings). It is found in the undergrowth during the day hopping about.   

See below a list of random photographs taken over the years


Hardik Pala  August 8, 2014   Hingolgadh, Gujarat, India

Abhijit Joshi June 2, 2014  Tadoba (Maharashtra)

amish patel    February 13, 2014  hingolgadh    Rajkot District, Gujarat

Mic Clark    March 17, 2013   Mullur, Kerala
Shivashankar April 6, 2013 in home garden
Nagesh Kamath December 24, 2012  Joladalu, Karnataka
Yogesh Rane   June 3, 2012   Bandhavgarh, M.P
Nagesh Kamath  October 30, 2011  Keerampara, Kerala 
B.N Singh   June 25, 2011    Ranthambhore N.P, Rajasthan

Tarique Sani  May 12, 2011  Moharli, Maharashtra

Maneesh Goal  May 31, 2010  Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve
Santanu Banik    July 10, 2009  Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve, India
Amit Mishra  May 12, 2009  Corbett National Park , Uttrakhand
Arpit Deomurari    June 18, 2008  Kutch Gujarat
Amit Mishra     June 2007   Dudhwa National Park -

Though the photographs in our flickr group are mostly from National Parks, the Indian pitta is seen in mini forest areas around Karnataka and Kerala often.  Instances of migrating pittas hitting glass doors of houses and falling dead have also been reported in bird groups.   



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