Genus PITTA

The genus Pitta contains those Pittas which have no aigrettes of pointed feathers, and which have a shorter and broader bill than Anthocincla. The tail-feathers of the birds of this genus vary considerably in shape, in some being broad and rounded, and in others narrow and pointed.

Key to the Species.

a. Lower plumage plain fulvous.
a1. Tail brown tinged with green.
a2. Nape and hind neck blue…………………P. nepalensis, p. 389.
b2. Nape and hind neck fulvous …………………P. oatesi, p. 390.
b1. Tail blue…………………P. caerulea, p. 390.
b. Lower plumage cross-barred.
c1. Nape red; crown with a black coronal band…………………P. cyanea, p. 391.
d1. Nape ferruginous like crown ; no coronal band…………………P. gurneyi , p. 395.
c. Lower plumage with some brilliant crimson.
e1. Breast and abdomen fulvous or buff,
c2. Under wing-coverts black.
a3. Bill from gape to tip about 1.2…………………P. cyanoptera, p. 392.
b3. Bill from gape to tip about 1.6…………………P. megarhyncha, p. 393.
d2. Under wing-coverts black with a large patch of white…………………P. brachyura, p. 393.
f1. Breast and abdomen all crimson…………………P. coccinea, p. 394.
g1. Breast and abdomen green …………………P. cucullata, p. 395.
d. Lower plumage deep black…………………P. gurneyi P. 395.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
Genus PITTA
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
388
M_ID: 
12533
M_SN: 
Hydrornis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
1266

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