Indian Pitta

Indian Pitta is a passerine bird with a stubby tail confined to Indian sub-continent. It has nine colours in its plumage and hence it has earned the name of “Nine Coloured Pitta“. Breeding in the forests of the Himalayas, hills of central and western India, they migrate to other parts of the peninsula in winter.It is a very shy bird and rarely comes out of thick bushes and undergrowth. Its typical two notes distinctive call can be heard at dawn and dusk giving it another name of “Six-O-Clock” bird. When calling the head is thrown back and the bill is pointed upwards.

Gujarati Name


Scientific Name

Pitta brachyura

Scientific Family


Status in Gujarat

Passage Migrant

IUCN Status

Least Concern

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