Garnet Pittas

Garnet Pittas are little-known but interesting jungle birds. They are members of the pittadae family and their scientific name is erythropitta granatina.

They are insectivores, eating mainly ants, wood grubs and beetles. Males and females mate between March and August, and the female will lay a clutch of two eggs.

Male Garnet Pittas have scarlett tummies and black heads with a red patch, and blue-and-white wings. They also have bluey-purple backs. The females are not nearly so colourful, though. They are mostly brown with a red patch on the head and a couple of blue feathers near the wings.

image of a garnet pitta