Birding & bird watching / Singapore

Blue-winged Pitta & Mangrove Pitta, Singapore

Blue-winged & Mangrove Pitta, Singapore

The Blue winged Pitta is a pretty bird seek by bird watchers and bird photographers alike. Many people have seen and photographed the birds in Singapore. In the recent weeks, the sightings of the Blue-winged Pitta have increased. Just this afternoon there was even the Mangrove Pitta that is extremely tame, which is approachable even with short telephoto lens.

Blue-winged and Magrove Pitta in Singapore

Very tame Mangrove Pitta in Singapore

Mangrove Pitta Singapore

Mangrove Pitta Singapore

Blue-winged Pitta Singapore- Saddle Club

Blue-winged Pitta Singapore- Saddle Club

Blue-winged Pitta SIngapore

Blue-winged Pitta SIngapore

My most memorable  encounter with the Blue-winged Pitta in Singapore was 3 years ago when one flew into our living room in the month of April.  He finally flew off after the R & R at our home for a few days. We were glad to see him off.

Blue-winged Pitta Singapore

Blue-winged Pitta Singapore

Blue-winged Pitta Singapore

Blue-winged Pitta Singapore
I used a camera hide to make an “aviary” so that the pitta could fly freely. Did you see the swimming pool ? Pitta is at the centre.

The Blue-winged Pitta stayed at the “Pitta Suite” with “swimming pool” in my make-shift aviary made of my photography hide. I was very happy to see him bathing and drinking from the pool.

How to see the difference between the Blue-winged Pitta and the Mangrove Pitta ?

1. Mangrove Pitta head colour is generally darker (Darker brown)

2. Mangrove Pitta has larger and heavier bill use to feed on molluscs and crabs on the mangrove mudflats

(Reference: Phillipps Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo)

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