From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pitta \Pit"ta\ (p[i^]t"t[.a]), n. (Zool.)
   Any one of a large group of bright-colored clamatorial birds
   belonging to Pitta, and allied genera of the family
   Pittid[ae]. Most of the species are varied with three or
   more colors, such as blue, green, crimson, yellow, purple,
   and black. They are called also ground thrushes, and {Old
   World ant thrushes}; but they are not related to the true
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   Note: The pittas are most abundant in the East Indies, but
         some inhabit Southern Asia, Africa, and Australia. They
         live mostly upon the ground, and feed upon insects of
         various kinds.
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