Family Pittas (Pittidae)

Least Concern

Eastern Hooded Pitta (Pitta novaeguineae)


French: Brève de Nouvelle-Guinée German: Neuguinea-Kappenpitta Spanish: Pita encapuchada oriental

Pitta novae-guineae

S. Müller and Schlegel

, 1845,

Manokwari, north-west New Guinea


Hitherto considered conspecific with P. sordida and P. rosenbergii, but differs from P. rosenbergii in characters given under that species and from P. sordida in its lack (or virtual lack) of white wing patch (a character, however, shared by P. s. forsteni, hence ns); blue on sides of belly (2); darker green plumage (1); short urgent song sounding like four notes, “wdíp-wdíp”, vs sedate, lower-pitched, richer two-note “wip wip” (4). Proposed race hebetior (Karkar I, off NE New Guinea) apparently averages slightly darker, but falls within variation of nominate#R and is thus included therein. Three subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. n. novaeguineae S. Müller & Schlegel, 1845 – N Moluccas (Gebe) and New Guinea, including West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, Misool); also Karkar I and Crown I, Long I and Tolokiwa I, off New Britain.
  • P. n. mefoorana Schlegel, 1874 – Numfor I, in Geelvink Bay.
  • P. n. goodfellowi C. M. N. White, 1937 – Aru Is, off SW New Guinea.
  • Descriptive notes

    16–19 cm; 40–82 g (nominate), 67·5– 71·5 g (race mefoorana). Adult has black hood and generally green body and upperparts, with a brilliant turquoise-blue shoulder... read more


    Primary vocalization, given in territory advertisement and mostly by day, a loud, musical “wu’wí-wu... read more


    Inhabits interior of lowland, hill and lower montane rainforest, including gallery forest and tall... read more

    Food and feeding

    Rather few data. Stomach contents of one bird were insects, while another contained beetles (Coleoptera) and a snail. At a nest in E Papua... read more


    Season Sept–Jun, including records from Aru Is (race goodfellowi) and Numfor I (race mefoorana). One nest on mainland New... read more


    Some nomadic movements in seasonally dry regions of New Guinea, from where birds apparently migrate... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread in New Guinea and its islands, although its occurrence is much more limited than Erythropitta erythrogaster... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Eastern Hooded Pitta (Pitta novaeguineae). 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 23 January 2019).