pitta definition

  • noun:
    • Any of several brightly colored perching wild birds associated with the family members Pittidae that inhabit woodlands of Asia, Australian Continent, and Africa and have now a good bill, short tail, and long legs.
    • alternate spelling of pita.
    • any passerine of the taxonomical family members Pittidae
    • Any one of a large group of bright-colored clamatorial birds belonging to Pitta, and allied genera of the family Pittidæ. Most of the species are varied with three or more colors, such as blue, green, crimson, yellow, purple, and black. They are called also ground thrushes, and Old World ant thrushes; but they are not related to the true thrushes.
    • The typical genus of Pittidæ, including most of the Old World ant-thrushes, as P. coronata. Also called Citta. See Brachyurus, and cut under Pittidæ.
    • Any member of this genus.
    • any bird regarding the genus Pitta; brilliantly colored mainly terrestrial wild birds with brief wings and tail and stout bills

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