My first sighting of an Indian Pitta was in the compound of forest rest house at Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhatisgarh in 2004. This was the time when my interest developed in photographing the birds as most of the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks are closed for more than 3 months during monsoons.
Although I got few good shots at Tadoba in my various visits to the park but my thirst was quenched to a certain extent on 30th of June 2015 at Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, where I got good shots of this bird indulged in nest building on a tree at eye level.
The name “Pitta” is derived from Telegu language word ‘pitta” which means a small bird.. As far as Indian sub-continent is concerned there are 4 types of Pittas namely Indian pitta, fairy pitta, mangrove pitta and blue-winged pitta.
It has a distinctive loud two-note whistle. It has a habit of calling once or twice generally at dawn and dusk. It is also called “six – o – clock “ bird. They generally breed in the hills of Central India. They also breed during the South West monsoons in Northern India. They are shy birds of forest that roost on trees and feed on insects. Hence they are heard more and seen less.