Pittas (Pittidae)

Indian Pitta (Pitta brachyura) - HBW 8, p. 157

French: Brève du Bengale German: Bengalenpitta Spanish: Pita India
Other common names: Bengal/Blue-winged(!)/Green-winged Pitta

Taxonomy: [Corvus] brachyurus Linnaeus, 1766, Moluccas and Sri Lanka; error = Sri Lanka.
Forms a superspecies with P. nympha, P. moluccensis and P. megarhyncha. Formerly treated by many authors as conspecific with first of those, but differs in morphology, plumage and vocalizations. Has also been treated as conspecific with P. elegans. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds in NE Pakistan (Margalla Hills) and in foothills of Himalayas from W Himachal Pradesh (Dharmsala, Kangra) E to Sikkim and Bangladesh (has probably bred), and S to W & C India (S to Gujarat, extreme N Karnataka, E Maharashtra and C Bihar); migrates S to S India and Sri Lanka.