French: Brève masquée German: Maskenpitta Spanish: Pita carinegra
Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands
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).
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
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
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