…. in this case is not worth two in the bush but it was a wonderful opportunituy to admire the startlingly vivid patches of colour on this Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) so well described by its scientific name.
A newly cleaned window and a gap in our ‘defence line’ of hanging baskets, chimes and various artistic dangling items along our verandah allowed this beautiful bird to see a reflection of trees and space and consequently it hit the window a glancing blow. Still alive but badly stunned I immediately placed the bird in a dark box. We checked after 30 minutes but as it was allowing us to take a few photos without attempting to fly we returned it to the box for another hour. When subsequently released into a suitable area of forest on the edge of the garden (but on the opposite side of the house) I am pleased to report that it hopped off quite confidently.
And the verandah defence line has been reinforced.
Another view, showing more detail of the undertail-coverts. I confess I am not overly familiar with Noisy Pitta as we have only started to observe them at Wild Wings more frequently in the last two years and its usually a quick glimpse. After referring to Graham Pizzey’s description, in his well known field guide, I think this bird is a male as the female is described as having ‘pink’ undertail-coverts and I would describe the above as an orange-red.