A Dead Blue Pitta

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Rita Banerji / Dusty Foot Productions
A Blue Pitta amongst dead birds in a Naga market

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The Blue Pitta is a very rare bird in India. There have been no recent reports (and certainly no photographs) from India. Pam Rasmussen (Birds of South Asia) lists it for the South Assam Hills (North Cachar, Tripura and an old specimen from Garo Hills).

The Blue Pitta (Pitta cyanea) is a very rare bird in India. There have been no recent reports (and certainly no photographs) from India. Pam Rasmussen (Birds of South Asia) lists it for the South Assam Hills (North Cachar, Tripura and an old specimen from Garo Hills).

This image of a dead Blue Pitta featured in the brilliant award-winning documentary called “The Wild Meat Trail” directed by Rita Banerji and Shilpi Sharma (Dusty Foot Productions) on sale in Dimapur market in Nagaland. It is pity that these misguided people who kill these birds are even unaware of the significance of their targets. Perhaps if the powers that be, re-directed their energies and made the hunters more aware, they could earn a better livelihood as bird-guides and at the same time save their fantastic natural heritage.

If anyone has any recent or any other information, regarding its presence in India, please get in touch with us a info@conservationindia.org.

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Delhi-based Bikram Grewal has authored various best-selling guides to Indian birds and wildlife. He is a publisher by profession, loves to travel, and lives the dream that he will rediscover the now extinct Mountain Quail.

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