One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- British spelling of pita
A small ground-dwelling thrushlike bird with brightly colored plumage and a very short tail, found in the Old World tropics.
- ‘The fairy pitta is one of the most precious birds in Linnei Township and is listed as a critically endangered species.’
- ‘Even though pittas are often very brightly colored, the color is usually located either on their undersides or on areas that can be covered when the wings are folded.’
- ‘Asities' closest relatives are actually pittas and broadbills (Eurylaimidae).’
- ‘Pittas and broadbills are found primarily in southern and southeastern Asia, but a small number of species from both groups are found in Africa, and two species of pittas have reached Australia from the north.’
- ‘Yen Jen-te, director of the research institute, showed Goodall videotapes of the reintroduction of the fairy pitta, known in Chinese as the ‘eight-color bird’.’
Mid 19th century: from Telugu piṭṭa ‘(young) bird’.
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