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Ivory-breasted Pitta

Pitta maxima

The Ivory-breasted Pitta, known scientifically as Pitta maxima, is a vibrant and elusive bird that graces the subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests with its presence. This species is a member of the Pittidae family and is celebrated for its striking appearance.

Identification Tips

To identify the Ivory-breasted Pitta, one should look for its distinctive ivory-colored breast, a feature that sets it apart from other pittas. Its plumage is a kaleidoscope of colors, which can be a delightful challenge to spot within the dense foliage of its habitat.

Habitat

The natural habitat of the Ivory-breasted Pitta is the subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. These environments provide the necessary cover and resources for the species to thrive.

Distribution

Endemic to North Maluku in Indonesia, the Ivory-breasted Pitta is a bird of limited geographical range. It is known locally as Paok halmahera and is a true jewel of the Indonesian archipelago.

Subspecies

There are two recognized subspecies of the Ivory-breasted Pitta. The nominate subspecies, Pitta maxima maxima, is found on the islands of Halmahera, Bacan, Kasiruta, Obi, and possibly Mandioli. The second subspecies, Pitta maxima morotaiensis, is found on the island of Morotai.

Conservation Status

The Ivory-breasted Pitta is currently listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. This status indicates that, at present, the species does not face an immediate threat of extinction in the wild.

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