Mystery bird: Malayan banded pitta, Pitta irena | @GrrlScientist

Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 13:00 in Paleontology & Archaeology

This Thai mystery bird was a bit of a mystery that was very recently resolved (includes audio & video!!) Malayan banded pitta, Pitta irena (synonyms, Hydrornis irena, Pitta guajana irena and Pitta guajana ripleyi; protonym, Turdus Guajanus), Temminck, 1836, also known as the blue-tailed pitta, as Irene's pitta or as Van den Bosch's pitta, or as the banded pitta, photographed at Si Phangnga National Park, Khuraburi district about 100 km north from Phangnga provincial town, far south in Thailand. Image: Alex Vargas, 7 March 2011 (with permission) [velociraptorize].Nikon D5000, Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR 1/4s f/5.6 at 300.0mm iso:1000 Here is the original mystery bird image I gave you: Question: This Thai mystery bird was a bit of a mystery that was very recently resolved. What am I talking about? Can you identify this bird's taxonomic family and species?Response: This is an adult male Malayan banded pitta, Pitta...

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