ground thrushes
Pitta Pit"ta (p[i^]t"t[.a]), n. (Zo["o]l.) 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 thrushes. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • ground thrush — ▪ bird       any of about 37 species of thrushes of the genus Zoothera (family Turdidae), including birds sometimes placed in the genera Geokichla, Ixoreus, Oreocincla, and Ridgwayia and some that have been assigned to Turdus. All are more than… …   Universalium

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  • ground thrush — noun 1. : pitta 2 2. : any of numerous Old World thrushes chiefly of a genus (Geocichla) of the family Turdidae …   Useful english dictionary

  • Old World ant thrushes — Pitta Pit ta (p[i^]t t[.a]), n. (Zo[ o]l.) 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Pitta — Pit ta (p[i^]t t[.a]), n. (Zo[ o]l.) 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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