Family Pittas (Pittidae)

Data Deficient

Louisiade Pitta (Erythropitta meeki)


French: Brève des Louisiade German: Louisade-Blaubrustpitta Spanish: Pita de las Luisiadas

Pitta meeki


, 1898,

Rossel Island


Formerly considered conspecific with E. erythrogaster (which see); split of present species is supported by its morphological distinctiveness#R. Monotypic.


Louisiade Archipelago (Rossel I).

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm. Typical member of the E. erythrogaster species complex; differs from E. erythrogaster sensu stricto by its lack of blackish-brown lateral crown-... read more


No specific information, but there is no evidence that its vocalizations differ from those of E... read more


Forested areas, including second growth, but very few details.

Food and feeding

No information.


Nothing known.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently listed as Data Deficient. Restricted-range species confined to the smallest of the main islands within the Louisiade archipelago Endemic... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Louisiade Pitta (Erythropitta meeki). 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 21 November 2018).