Family Old World Orioles (Oriolidae)

Least Concern

Hooded Pitohui (Pitohui dichrous)


French: Pitohui bicolore German: Zweifarbpirol Spanish: Pitohuí bicolor

Rectes dichrous


, 1850,

Lobo, Triton Bay, west New Guinea


Sister to P. kirhocephalus (with P. uropygialis), with which often sympatric#R. Proposed race monticola (upper Aroa R, in SE New Guinea) generally considered inseparable. Monotypic.


New Guinea, including Yapen I.

Descriptive notes

22–23 cm; 67–76 g. Adult has head black, upperparts rufous-chestnut, upperwing and tail black; chin, throat and upper breast black, remainder of underparts bright... read more


Song an irregular series of variations based on 3–7 rich whistles, comprising upslurs and... read more


Forest, forest edges and secondary growth, occasionally mangroves and low beach trees. Occurs in... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruit, including small figs (Ficus); some insects and grass seeds. Nestlings fed with berries and invertebrates. Found at... read more


Laying female in mid-Oct, nests with eggs in mid-Nov and mid-Feb, with chicks late Oct, mid-Dec and mid-Feb, also fledglings late Oct and... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common to common. Less numerous in places when sympatric with P. kirhocephalus: on Mt Karimui comprised 0·7% of local... read more

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2018). Hooded Pitohui (Pitohui dichrous). 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 14 November 2018).