Conservation Status: VulnerableBy Ali Bernie Buga-ay / Editor
The Fairy Pitta or Pitta nympha is also called the “Forest Angel” in Taiwan, South Korea, North Korea, and japan. Diet consist of earthworms, spiders, some insects, slugs, and snails. It is Vulnerable due to habitat loss through deforestation, hunting, wildfire, trapping, and cage-bird trade and the decline is fast.
I never would have wanted to get the Fairy Pitta this year if not for a dear friend Prin Pattawaro; yes, last year I was inspired by Khun Kin Shing Li with his fantastic photographs. To many, it has been a serious target to be had in a collection of Pittas as it a rare migratory bird, though it is a regular, but the number of individual birds are so limited and the location is a no joking matter for a twitch for which one had to take a private boat to an island. I was so glad to meet Utan Codarsa also with his friends which made our work so interesting and fun.
The experience of having it was really difficult as it was too hot, the summer heat of Thailand is a punishment, and we were just sweating like being soaked in the rain except it was too hot and one should take so much water or else experience a horrible headache like what I had. It was an energy draining birding activity and yet we were to happy to have this bird added into our collection.
Koh Mun Nai, Thailand
April 27, 2019
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"and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky"
Sevendays of Creation would like to thank Ep-ep Montero and his friends for being the best people in the world. Our van can’t make it to the farm of Benjamin Torregosa Maputi Jr. as the road was horribly bad. We met Ep-ep Montero on the road as they were also looking for the way to Maputi Bird Preserve, they went ahead. I paid a motorcycle to go to find Ben so he can pick us up from where we stopped; instead, I found Ep-ep Montero’s truck on the road side. I stopped the motorcycle to chat with them, timely, he was actually writing a note for us with his mobile phone number so they can take us from where we were if needed. Yes! we needed them so badly, they drove back down the hill and loaded our stuff even though they were overloaded already. From the bottom of our hearts Ali Bernie Buga-ay and Harry Miller we thank you so much. It was a fantastic night with you guys around the campfire as we sang song of praise to the Creator, sharing joys of adventures and the love for our Maker. Thank you so much.