Blue-breasted Pitta
Pitta erythrogaster

The Birds of New Guinea and the adjacent Papuan Islands
Vol.4 - Plate No. 29

Length: 18 cm

The Blue-breasted Pitta is found in the islands from the Philippines to New Guinea and northern Australia. The Japanese name for the pitta, "ya-iro-cho" means "bird of many colours" and derives from the vivid colours of the birds in this group. The male and female are coloured the same, except that the female's colours are slightly more subdued than the male's. Of the two birds depicted in the foreground of this illustration, the bird spreading its wings is male, while the other is female.