Family Melampittas (Melampittidae)

Least Concern

Greater Melampitta (Megalampitta gigantea)


French: Grande Mélampitte German: Rußflöter Spanish: Melampita grande

Mellopitta gigantea


, 1899,

Mount Moari, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea


Previously placed in Melampitta. Monotypic.


W, N & far SE New Guinea: Vogelkop (Arfak Mts), Bomberai Peninsula (Fakfak Mts, Kumawa Mts), S slopes of Snow Mts (Utakwa R, Setekwa R), Torricelli Mts (Mt Somoro) and SE end of Central Dividing Range (Mt Mura).

Descriptive notes

29 cm; 205 g. Body plumage is entirely black, or with varying amounts of rufous-brown on head, various parts of upperparts and underparts; demarcation between differently... read more


Monotonously ­repeat­ed pair of fairly loud, moderately high-pitched notes, given only... read more


Forests on rugged limestone (karst), at 650–1400 m.

Food and feeding

No information. Diet probably insects.


No confirmed information. According to local people in Fakfak Mts, nest a large basket of vines, suspended below ground level in deep,... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in West Papuan Highlands EBA, North Papuan Mountains EBA and Central Papuan Mountains EBA. Shy, little known and... read more

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2018). Greater Melampitta (Megalampitta gigantea). 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 15 December 2018).