Jeremiah Loei was at Singapore’s Bididari LINK in October 2013 to observe the Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis). This attractively coloured bird is an uncommon winter visitor and passage migrant that arrives around October to leave in the early part of April.
The Blue-winged Pitta was lurking in the undergrowth when it suddenly flew into the open, landing close to a resting Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor). The lizard made a grab at the pitta, missing it by centimetres. The pitta flew off to land on the ground nearby. It then raised its wings and flapped them a few times to appear larger that what it was. The lizard turned around but did not move away, despite the pitta making limited wing movements. There was no further confrontation. This is an interesting interspecific behaviour.