; class Aves, order Passeriformes)
A family of small, plump, brightly coloured, short-tailed birds, which have short, rounded wings and strong, slightly curved bills. Their legs are long and their feet large. They are secretive, solitary, and terrestrial, and can hop rapidly. They inhabit jungle and forest scrub, feed mainly on insects, and build rounded nests with side entrances, placed on the ground or in low bushes. There is one genus, Pitta, containing 25 species, some migratory, found in Africa, Asia, and Australia.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.