- any of several brilliantly colored, passerine birds of the family Pittidae, inhabiting dark, Old World, tropical forests.
Origin of pitta
First recorded in 1830–40, pitta is from the Telugu word piṭṭa bird
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For example, for someone who has a fiery nature or pitta dosha, Dr. Patel would recommend coconut oil, which is cooling.Oil Pulling: Miracle Cure or Oily Mess?
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It is seen in many bulbuls, robins, and woodpeckers, and in the pitta.Birds of the Indian Hills
Apart from the colouring, it is impossible to confound the pitta with any other bird.
The pitta is quick on its feet, and is able to hop and run with equal ease.
The true ant-thrushes of the Old World belong to the genus Pitta.
The Blue-headed Pitta was abundant at the Kalabakan collecting locality, in primary forest.Birds from North Borneo
Max C. Thompson
- another name for pitta bread
- any of various small brightly coloured ground-dwelling tropical birds of the genus Pitta
C19: from Telugu
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