Captivating Splendor: Revealing the Brilliant Hues of the Blue-Banded Pitta Amidst Verdant Forests

This bird’s appearance is truly something special, a bright red jacket makes the perfect backdrop for a glittering blue necklace that sits across their breast!

Meet the Blue-banded Pitta

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>The blue-banded pitta (Erythropitta arquata), is a species of bird found in the Pittidae family. Known widely as the “Jewel of Borneo,” it is a unique-looking bird, to say the least. Wearing bright red plumage on its belly and sides makes the glittering silver-blue flecks around its neck really stand out. The face is a light tan-orange, while plumage on this bird’s back is a dull blue-green color.

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>Females of this species are equally as striking in appearance as the males, though under the wings and tail are a slightly different color.

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>The Blue-banded Pitta is found in Indonesia, where it is native to the island of Borneo.

It is also found in Brunei and Malaysia.

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>A shy bird, it likes to live in hilly and submontane subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. In these areas, it likes areas of disturbance, like bamboo groves and fallen trees.

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>Blue-banded Pitta feeds on snails, insects, and similar invertebrates.

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>Pittas as a species lay up to six eggs in large spherical nests in trees and or shrubs, even at times on the ground.

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