Referred to as "nature's living jewels", pitts are a brightly-coloured but little known family of birds. The 30 species are found mostly in South-East Asia, with two species in Africa. Their habitat is currently under threat, making many species extremely endangered. This text provides an overview of previous literature on the pitta, a study of the Fairy Pitta and consideration of conservation issues. Each species is depicted in watercolours with documentation of sex, age, date, locality and the museum where each bird-skin is kept, with its registration number. The book, though science based, may be useful as a reference guide for bird-enthusiasts as well as ornithologists, conservationists and museums.
Johannes Erritzoe has been working with birds as both a writer and a naturalist for nearly forty years, and is a member of a number of ornithological and conservation societies around the world. He has been married for seventeen years to wildlife artist Helga Boullet, who illustrated this book, and who has exhibited her work in Denmark and the Netherlands.