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Geelvink Pygmy Parrot  (Micropsitta geelvinkiana)

Also Known As: Biak Pygmy Parrot
 
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Pair or Geelvink Pygmy Parrots (Micropsitta geelvinkiana) Biak Island, Indonesia

Credit: © Mehd Halaouate | http://www.indonesien.nu/indonesieneng/index.shtml

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Did You Know?
The Pygmy parrots have extra-long toes to help them climb easily in the trees. They also have very strong, stiffened tailfeathers to help them brace against tree trunks.

Status in the Wild
World Population:
About 10,000 (1991)

Range:
M.g. geelvinkiana Numfor Island in Geelvink Bay.
M.g. misoriensis: Biak Island in Geelvink Bay.


Habitat:
Found up to 300m (9840 ft) in lowland forest, secondary growth forest, open cultivated areas with isolated trees and gardens.

Threat Summary:
The habitat of this species is under threat from logging and subsistence farming.

IUCN Rating:
Near-threatened

Wild Diet:
Probably lichen, fungi, seeds, flowers, fruits and insects and their larvae.

CITES Rating:
Appendix II

Ecology:
Usually seen in groups of 4-5 birds. Very shy. Will associate with other birds in low lying shrubbery.

Clutch and Egg Size:
Not available

Breeding Season:
Probably June-August.

More Info Sites:
http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/birds_3.cgi?Desc=E079.htm&Pic=079_1.JPG

http://www.arkive.org/geelvink-pygmy-parrot/micropsitta-geelvinkiana/