Family Pittas (Pittidae)


Sangihe Pitta (Erythropitta caeruleitorques)


French: Brève des Sangir German: Sangihe-Blaubrustpitta Spanish: Pita de las Sangihe

Pitta caeruleitorques


, 1876,

Petta, Sangihe Besar, Sangihe Islands


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


Sangihe Besar I.

Descriptive notes

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


Song, regularly repeated, is a long, drawn-out “wwaaaaaooop aaaaawwwwww”, the first note slightly... read more


Forested habitats, including broadleaf hill forest, plantations, and narrow scrub-filled gulleys... read more

Food and feeding

Nothing known.


No information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species, confined to a single island within the Sangihe and Talaud Endemic Bird Area, which is considered to be subject to the highest threat... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Sangihe Pitta (Erythropitta caeruleitorques). 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 6 April 2020).