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Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot  

Also Known As: Kai Islands Pygmy Parrot

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Credit: (c) Steve Milpacher

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.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
9.5cm (3.7 in) 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.

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Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots


BirdLife International

Internet Bird Collection

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.