Monday, January 16, 2012

Singapore's only resident Pitta

Yet another tick on my list. Finally, after countless trips in the past two years, I met the elusive resident pitta of Singapore - the Mangrove Pitta. This species is found throughout Southeast Asia's mangrove region but it is considered threatened due to habitat loss as more mangroves are being cleared away for human habitation.

Mangrove Pittas have similar coloration to the Blue-winged Pitta, a winter visitor here. What tells them apart is habitat and the Mangrove has a longer and slightly thicker bill.
Mangrove Pitta
Blue-winged Pitta
The other migrant pitta that you may encounter is the Hooded Pitta. Don't expect to see these brightly colored terrestrial birds hopping around gardens. They tend to hide among bushes feeding on worms and snails.

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