L1 users: 1,000 (1992 SIL).
Maluku Utara province: Halmahera Utara regency, Bobane and Igo villages; Pulau Morotai regency, Pilowo and Waringin villages on Morotai island.
Under strong pressure from the languages from which the majority of its vocabulary seems to have originated (Wurm 2007). All domains.
Consider Sulawesi their ancestral homeland.