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Malayan banded pitta

The Malayan banded pitta (Hydrornis irena) is a small woodland bird in the family Pittidae from tropical south-eastern Asia, seen here in Si Phang Nga National Park, Thailand. Although common in parts of its range, its forest habitat is threatened by logging and conversion to agricultural land, and populations are also declining because of illegal collection for the cage-bird trade. Pittas are a popular group of birds among birdwatchers, due to their bright-coloured plumage and the relative difficulty of seeing these retiring birds in dark forest habitats.

Photograph credit: John Harrison

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