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Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot

 (Micropsitta keiensis)

Also known as: Kai Islands Pygmy Parrot

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Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot
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Did You Know?

The Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot is an arboreal termitaria nester. Two eggs are laid in the unlined cavity and are incubated by the female, and possibly up to four other roosting "helper" adults.

Academic Research

Related publications: Micropsitta keiensis

Species Profile

Genus: Micropsitta | Species: keiensis

Size:

9.5cm (3.7 in)

Weight:

11-14g (0.4-0.5 oz)

Races including nominate:

three: M.k. keiensis, M.k. viridipectus, M.k. chloroxantha

Colourization Adult:

M.k. keiensis: Both adults mainly green; yellow crown, becoming dusky on forehead; brown face, changing to green on lower cheeks; yellow undertail coverts; blue central tail feathers; green/black lateral tail feathers. Bill grey. Eye brown.
M.k. viridipectus: Darker in general than keiensis; brown crown tinted with yellow.
M.k. chloroxantha: Male-orange/red centre of breast and abdomen, the remaining underparts yellow/green. Female-underparts all yellow/green; green/yellow crown.

Colourization Juvenile:

M.k. keiensis: In general duller in colour. Bill yellow tipped with grey/brown.
M.k. viridipectus: As in adults.
M.k. chloroxantha: As in adult female.

Call:

Calls are high-pitched and squeaky notes repeated at short spans.

Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots

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Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot
© John Gerrard Keulemans [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot is an arboreal termitaria nester. Two eggs are laid in the unlined cavity and are incubated by the female, and possibly up to four other roosting "helper" adults.

Academic Research

Related publications: Micropsitta keiensis

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not found in captivity.

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Not available

Diet:

Not available

Enrichment:

Not available

Nest Box Size:

Not available

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

Not available

Fledging Age:

Not available

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot
© John Gerrard Keulemans [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot is an arboreal termitaria nester. Two eggs are laid in the unlined cavity and are incubated by the female, and possibly up to four other roosting "helper" adults.

Academic Research

Related publications: Micropsitta keiensis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

>100,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

None at present.

Range:

M.k. keiensis: Kai and Aru Islands, Indonesia.
M.k. viridipectus: S New Guinea between Mimika and Fly Rivers.
M.k. chloroxantha: W Papuan Islands and on Vogelkop and Onin Peninsulas, Irian Jaya.

Habitat:

Found up to 550m (1804 ft) in lowland forest, secondary growth and sometimes around villages and in coconut groves.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on lichen, fungus, seeds, fruit and insects.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Generally are seen singly, in pairs or small groups, from the understorey to about 20m (65 ft) above ground. These birds clamber about trunks and limbs of trees, descending head first at times in their foraging activities.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 eggs

Breeding Season:

October-March

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Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot
© John Gerrard Keulemans [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot is an arboreal termitaria nester. Two eggs are laid in the unlined cavity and are incubated by the female, and possibly up to four other roosting "helper" adults.

Academic Research

Related publications: Micropsitta keiensis

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