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Queen of the forests After a long wait,he finally showed up-"The Javan Banded Pitta-Male".My long travel answered by this one site of the queen. Banded pitta,Birds,Forest,Indonesia Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Queen of the forests

After a long wait,he finally showed up-"The Javan Banded Pitta-Male".My long travel answered by this one site of the queen.

    comments (11)

  1. a really beautiful bird, wonderful plumage and a great addition
    Posted one year ago
  2. That's one incredible bird! Posted one year ago
  3. Damn I'm jealous! Fantastic shot of a fantastic bird! Posted one year ago
  4. Thanks everyone. Posted one year ago
  5. From today's JungleDragon Facebook page:

    "The brilliant plumage of pittas, such as the Javan Banded Pitta (Hydrornis guajanus) has earned them the alternative name "jewel-thrushes". These dazzling birds live primarily in forests and are highly terrestrial as they forage on damp forest floors. Aside from their inherent beauty, they have some interesting behaviors that further increase their charm. For instance, while earthworms constitute the major part of their diet, pittas also find delight in snacking on snails in addition to other invertebrate prey. They rely on their enhanced sense of smell to locate earthworms, and use stones as anvils to smash open snail shells. These clever birds lead a mostly solitary lifestyle, except when it comes to mating and rearing their young, which they do as a monogamous pair. Females can be quite discerning when choosing a mate and they may judge the quality of a male by the color and strength of his legs and feet! Male pittas do the majority of the nest building and construct large, ball-shaped nests complete with a doormat made of sticks and animal dung. Sadly, the population of pittas is declining due to deforestation and collection for the caged bird trade. Their incredible beauty and quirkiness has unfortunately created a demand in which people seek to own them and confine them to a life behind bars. But, we should not cage that which should be free. Hopefully conservation measures will be taken to ensure that these birds can remain in the forest where they can be admired, yet free. {Spotted in Indonesia by JungleDragon user, vasantko} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 9 months ago, modified 9 months ago
    1. Thanks Christine.Nice write up.It was heart wrenching when i came to know about the Poaching cases in Indonesia.
      My trip to Indonesia opened up new way of viewing birds.
      Posted 9 months ago
      1. You're welcome! It's a truly stunning bird and photo! Posted 9 months ago
  6. Lovely choice! Pittas are very hard to find and photograph! In Borneo I heard them all the time but finding where the bird is is one hard task and next that the bird is in a clear spot with no branches and sufficient light is really difficult! So big respect for the photographer here! :-) Posted 9 months ago
    1. True.Lighting and background separation is really difficult.
      Posted 9 months ago
  7. Great captured Posted 9 months ago
    1. Thanks Sameer Deshpande. Posted 9 months ago

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The Javan banded pitta is a species of bird in the family Pittidae. It is found in Java and Bali. It was formerly considered conspecific with the Bornean and Malayan banded pittas. Together, they were referenced as the banded pitta.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by vasantko
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By vasantko

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Uploaded Nov 22, 2017. Captured Nov 11, 2017 07:28.
  • NIKON D500
  • f/5.6
  • 1/50s
  • ISO1250
  • 460mm