The Banded Pitta (Pitta guajana) is highly-prized by both zoos and private aviculturists. Please see Part I of this article for information on the natural history and care of this colorful ground-dweller. Today we’ll cover its unique dietary needs.
In the wild, Banded Pittas subsist entirely upon snails, earthworms, beetles, spiders and other invertebrates, with perhaps some carrion taken when available. In Part I of this article, I compared their housing requirements to those of delicate reptiles and amphibians. In matters of diet, we see again that their captive needs vary greatly from those of “typical” pet birds. Read More »