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Pitta \Pit"ta\ (p[i^]t"t[.a]), n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of a large group of bright-colored clamatorial birds belonging to Pitta, and allied genera of the family Pittid[ae]. Most of the species are varied with three or more colors, such as blue, green, crimson, yellow, purple, and black. They are called also ground thrushes, and Old World ant thrushes; but they are not related to the true thrushes.

Note: The pittas are most abundant in the East Indies, but some inhabit Southern Asia, Africa, and Australia. They live mostly upon the ground, and feed upon insects of various kinds.


Etymology 1 n. (alternative spelling of pita English) Etymology 2

n. Any passerine belonging to the taxonomic family Pittidae.


n. any bird of the genus Pitta; brilliantly colored chiefly terrestrial birds with short wings and tail and stout bills

Pitta (disambiguation)

Pitta may stand for:

  • Pittas, a family of tropical birds
    • Pitta (genus), a genus within the family
  • Pitta bread (US English spells pita)
  • Pitta - Calabrian bread
  • Pitta (island), an island in the Dodecanese archipelago, in the Aegean Sea
  • Pitta (dosha) is one of the three dosha (One of three constitutional types found in Ayurvedic medicine); it corresponds to fire
  • Grand Admiral Danetta Pitta, a Grand Admiral in the Star Wars expanded universe
  • Celso Pitta (1946-2009), Brazilian politician
  • Dennis Pitta (1985-), American professional football player

See also:

  • Pita (disambiguation)

Pittas are a family, Pittidae, of passerine birds mainly found in tropical Asia and Australasia, although a couple of species live in Africa. Pittas are all similar in general structure and habits, and have often been placed in a single genus, although as of 2009 they are now split into three genera, Pitta, Erythropitta and Hydrornis. The name is derived from the word pitta in the Telugu language of South India and is a generic local name used for all small birds. Pittas are medium-sized by passerine standards, at in length, and stocky, with strong, longish legs and long feet. They have very short tails and stout, slightly decurved bills. Many, but not all, have brightly coloured plumage.

These are fairly terrestrial birds of wet forest floors. They eat snails, insects and similar invertebrate prey. Pittas are mostly solitary and lay up to six eggs in a large spherical nest in a tree or shrub, or sometimes on the ground. Both parents care for the young. Many species of pittas are migratory, and they often end up in unexpected places like house-gardens during migration.

A number of species of pitta are threatened with extinction. One of these, the Gurney's pitta, is listed as endangered by the IUCN; a further eight species are listed as vulnerable. The main threat to pittas is habitat loss in the form of rapid deforestation.

Pitta (genus)


Pitta is a genus of birds in the Pittidae, or pitta family. They are secretive, brightly coloured birds that forage on the forest floor. They are long-legged and short-tailed with rounded wings. Nest construction, incubation and rearing of nestlings is performed by both parents. Incubation is completed in some 17 days, and the nestlings are altricial and nidicolous.

The antpittas, a Neotropical bird family of some 50 species, resemble the pittas in their hopping gait, furtive behaviour, long legs and short tails.

Pitta (album)

Pitta (stylized as "Vol. 8 - PITTA") is the eighth full studio album by South Korean singer Baek Ji-young. The singer stated that the album was named after a bird species known for its colorful plummage, Pitta.

Usage examples of "pitta".

He divided the envelope of pitta bread into two and held out half to her, using the paper bag as a plate.

I had plenty to think about as I stuffed some whole meal pitta breads with pastrami and coleslaw.

I grabbed my pitta and my Gatorade and headed for the three-car garage that had probably once been a several-horse stable.

For a start, no bread, not even of the pitta variety, was on the list of Ayurvedic foods for pitta personalities.

He hung the ladle on its nail above the hearth and was about to locate some fresh bread when Pitta walked by with a bag of anise seed.

While she spent an afternoon peeling turnips a phase or so ago for a hard-earned half crown, Pitta had mentioned their children were going north to visit their grandmother.

Miss Nella, truly I do not, but Pitta wanted me to ask if you could take a look at this.

Silly me, I spilled jam on this last evening and Pitta is about to have my hide.

I asked Pitta why, and she said these two women, both in their forties, by the way, had the steadiest hands in the kitchen.

The boy was almost as red as Pitta and the ghosts had turned to watch the show.

I got out nachos and taramasalata and olives and carrots and pitta bread and brie and wine and mango pieces and pickled onions and carried them back to the sofa on a tray and ate them without tasting very much.

Here too were kept piles of pitta, which a slash of the knife converted from simple flat bread into a pocket waiting to be filled with taamiya, chopped salad and sauce.

Raf waved away an even smaller coin the falafel seller offered as change and bit into his warm pitta bread, tasting fresh coriander and feeling oil run into his beard.

He went back into the cafe, found a corner seat and ordered falafel and pitta bread with coffee.

For a start, no bread, not even of the pitta variety, was on the list of Ayurvedic foods for pitta personalities.