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Finsch's Pygmy Parrot  (Micropsitta finschii)

Also Known As: Green Pygmy Parrot, Emerald Pygmy Parrot
 
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Did You Know?
The Finsch's Pygmy Parrot is an arboreal termitaria nester (it nests in termite mounds in trees). The birds excavate a tunnel which slopes upwards into the mound; it is also used as a roosting site.

Status in the Wild
World Population:
>100,000

Range:
M.f. finschii: Ugi, San Cristobal, and Rennell, S Solomon Islands.
M.f. aolae: Guadalcanal, Malaita, Florida, and Russell, C Solomon Islands.
M.f. tristami: Vella Lavella, Gizo, Kolombangara, New Georgia, Rubiana, and Rendova, W Solomon Islands.
M.f. nanina: Santa Isabel, Bugotu, and Choiseul, N Solomon Islands, and Bougainville Island, E Papua New Guinea.
M.f. viridifrons: Lihir and Tabar Islands, New Hanover, and New Ireland, in Bismarck Archipelago, E Papua New Guinea.

Habitat:
Found up to 900m (2952 ft) in primary forest, overgrown gardens, casuarinas, secondary growth, open scrubby areas and coconut plantations.

Threat Summary:
This species may be threatened by logging and habitat degradation.

IUCN Rating:
Least concern

Wild Diet:
Feeds on lichen, fungi and casuarina seeds.

CITES Rating:
Appendix II

Ecology:
Seen singly, in pairs or in groups of 3-6 individuals. Feeds upside down on lichens and fungi on tree trunks, using its tail as a prop against the bark.

Clutch and Egg Size:
1-2 eggs, 16.5 x 14.5mm (0.65 x 0.6 in).

Breeding Season:
March-May

Links to Other Project(s):
http://www.bioone.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&issn=0004-8038&volume=118&issue=02&page=0472

More Info Sites:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micropsitta_finschii

http://www.oiseaux.net/birds/distribution/finsch.s.pygmy-parrot.html