Fairy Pitta (Pitta nympha)

 A tiny and brightly colored passerine bird that feeds primarily on earthworms, spiders, insects, slugs, and snails is the fairy pitta (Pitta nympha). In Taiwan, it is also referred to as "little forest angel" and "eight colored birds" in Japan, Taiwan, North Korea and South Korea. In East Asia, the fairy pitta breeds and in Southeast Asia migrates south to winter. The fairy pitta is uncommon because of numerous habitat and anthropogenic disruptions, such as deforestation, wildfire, hunting, trapping, and cage-bird trade, and the population decreases in most areas.


Fairy Pitta (Pitta nympha)


The fairy pitta is a territorial bird, and through calls, the male protects his territory. However, its general habit is hidden. It likes to perch on a high tree branch from mid-May to early June, often to late July, in a pose similar to that of a kingfisher. However, when singing on a branch, the fairy pitta appears to shake its tail up and down frequently.


Fairy Pitta (Pitta nympha)


The fairy pitta feeds mainly on the soil, roaming alone. Its diet consists primarily of earthworms, beetles, and other hard-shelled insects of many species. The diet also includes a variety of other small animals, such as lepidoptera larvae and adults, spiders, snails, lizards, frogs, small snakes and shrews.


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