Family Pittas (Pittidae)


Black-faced Pitta (Pitta anerythra)


French: Brève masquée German: Maskenpitta Spanish: Pita carinegra

Pitta anerythra


, 1901,

Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands


Form pallida highly distinctive, possibly a separate species. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. pallida Rothschild, 1904 – Bougainville Pitta – Bougainville (N Solomons).
  • P. a. nigrifrons Mayr, 1935 – Choiseul (C Solomons).
  • P. a. anerythra Rothschild, 1901 – Black-faced Pitta – Santa Isabel (C Solomons).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–17 cm; 83–89 g. Adult has crown rich chestnut, rest of head black, tinged buff on nape; hindneck and upper mantle black, rest of upperparts bright green, rump... read more


    On Santa Isabel, harsh and rather unmelodic far-carrying “hww-hwe(-)hhwe” or “hwe(-)hhwe”, rising... read more


    Primary and secondary forest, also scrub and small forest fragments mixed with old gardens. In the... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on worms, snails and insects.


    An egg collected in mid-May and female in breeding condition in late Jul on Bougainville; males in post-breeding moult in Jul on Santa... read more


    Probably resident.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Very small range, and global population probably very small. No recent records from Bougainville, where... read more

    Recommended citation

    Erritzoe, J. (2019). Black-faced Pitta (Pitta anerythra). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 April 2019).