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The Blue-Winged Pitta is Koh Chang’s Tropical Colorful Gem

The Blue-Winged Pitta

The Blue-Winged Pitta

The Blue-winged Pitta is a regular visitor of Koh Chang. It is frequently seen wandering the subtropical and tropical moist lowland forest area of the island which is regarded as its natural habitat. This species is not endemic to Koh Chang for it is found in countries of the Southeast Asia like Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. It is also present in China and Hong Kong. 

 

The Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis) measures 180–205 mm (7.1–8.1 in) in length. It has a black head with a buff-colored eyebrow line, white chin and buff under parts. The shoulders and mantle are greenish, the wings are bright blue, and the vent is reddish. This small, plump-breasted bird has a strong bill, longish pale pink legs, and short tail. The Blue-Winged Pitta breeds at different times. It builds a large, untidy spherical nest on the ground of twigs, roots, grasses, leaves and mosses, with a side entrance, often between tree roots near water. The female lays 4-6 white or cream eggs, heavily marked with purple, that are incubated by both parents for 15-17 days. When one is nesting, the other forages along moist, muddy grounds or small twigs. It goes back to the nesting area bringing food mostly worms for its incubating partner. This activity is done by both male and female turning turns until the chicks are hatched and ready to leave the nest on their own. 

 

This bird reacts to danger by standing with its back turned towards an intruder, making it hard to see. It forages by flicking fallen leaves aside using its bill to expose the prey. The Blue-winged Pitta mostly feeds on worms, ants and insects such as crickets, hunting them on the ground or from a low branch or perch, but it also eats hard-shelled snails or mollusks in some murky areas. Its loud call has been transcribed as “taew-laew taew-laew”.





published: 21.10.2012

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach

fishing

 

Short description:

Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants

shopping

Short description:

Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

Short description:

Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:

fishing

seafood restaurants

shopping

nightlife

Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community

kayaking

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.

 

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