French: Brève superbe German: Manuspitta Spanish: Pita soberbia
Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert
Manus, Admiralty Islands
Manus I, in Admiralty Is.
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
A rising and falling “coo-coo”, also described as “hwouw-whouw”, often... read more
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
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
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
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