'Blue-winged Pitta' at Derby now confirmed as Fairy Pitta

Subject: 'Blue-winged Pitta' at Derby now confirmed as Fairy Pitta
From: Peter Lansley <>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 12:30:48 -0800 (PST)
Hi all,
further to Mike's post yesterday, I have seen the photo and had time to check 
the quality references (especially Frank Lambert's Pittas monograph) and it is 
clear the bird is a Fairy Pitta, as identified originally. This will be a first 
for Australia pending acceptance by BARC. Key features to tell it from 
Blue-winged are the paler creamy-buff supercilium flanked by a broader chestnut 
coronal stripe, small, paler blue wing patch visible in the folded wing, the 
lesser extent of red on the lower belly and undertail coverts and the paler 
underparts. A smaller white primary patch (probably comparable in size to that 
of a Forest Kingfisher) would be visible in flight, but is not visible in the 
photo. Well done to those who found and reported this rarity, Australia's fifth 
species of Pitta.
Cheers, Peter.

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