Family Pittas (Pittidae)

Endangered

Superb Pitta (Pitta superba)


Taxonomy

French: Brève superbe German: Manuspitta Spanish: Pita soberbia
Taxonomy:

Pitta superba

Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1914,

Manus, Admiralty Islands

.

Relationships uncertain; detailed DNA studies required. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Manus I, in Admiralty Is.

Descriptive notes

21–22 cm. Glossy black, except for large conspicuously iridescent azure-blue and green upperwing-coverts, flight-feathers edged green, and bright red central lower... read more

Voice

A rising and falling “coo-coo”, also described as “hwouw-whouw”, often... read more

Habitat

Primary and secondary hilly rainforest, as well as scrub around village gardens and bamboo scrub.... read more

Food and feeding

Not documented. Said by local villagers to eat snails after smashing them on stones; this was corroborated by a discovery by ornithologists... read more

Breeding

Only known nest with eggs was found in Oct, but five males and eight females in breeding condition in Dec–Jan and juveniles reported... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Uplisted from Vulnerable in 2013 due to very small population, thought to be in moderate decline. Restricted-range species: present in Admiralty Islands EBA... read more

Recommended citation

Erritzoe, J. (2019). Superb Pitta (Pitta superba). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57562 on 19 February 2019).