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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
Range: M.f. finschii:
Ugi, San Cristobal, and Rennell, S Solomon Islands.
Guadalcanal, Malaita, Florida, and Russell, C Solomon Islands.
Vella Lavella, Gizo, Kolombangara, New Georgia, Rubiana, and Rendova, W Solomon Islands.
Santa Isabel, Bugotu, and Choiseul, N Solomon Islands, and Bougainville Island, E Papua New Guinea.
Lihir and Tabar Islands, New Hanover, and New Ireland, in Bismarck Archipelago, E Papua New Guinea.
Found up to 900m (2952 ft) in primary forest, overgrown gardens, casuarinas, secondary growth, open scrubby areas and coconut plantations.
This species may be threatened by logging and habitat degradation.
Feeds on lichen, fungi and casuarina seeds.
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).
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More Info Sites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micropsitta_finschii