Family Pittas (Pittidae)

Near Threatened

Morotai Pitta (Pitta morotaiensis)


French: Brève de Morotai German: Morotai-Weißbrustpitta Spanish: Pita de Morotai

Pitta maxima morotaiensis

van Bemmel

, 1939,

Minoe-Minoe Ajer, Morotai


Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. maxima, but differs in its rich shining blue vs pale turquoise-green wing-coverts (3); larger white wing-flash (sample very small; allow at least 1); darker outer primaries (1); larger size#R (sample very small; allow 1); notably different voice, the song being shorter in duration (effect size 3.82, score 2) and with a lower maximum frequency (effect size 2.97, score 2). Monotypic.

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Descriptive notes

25–28 cm. Compared to the previously conspecific P. maxima, the present species is perhaps slightly larger, has darker (more ultramarine) blue wing-coverts, a... read more


Notably different compared to that of P. maxima, the “wok-whou” song being shorter in... read more


Very few data. Lowland forest and second growth, to 800 m.

Food and feeding

Nothing known.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: confined to a single island in the Northern Maluku Endemic Bird Area. Known from very... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Morotai Pitta (Pitta morotaiensis). 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 17 January 2019).