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Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot

 (Micropsitta pusio)

Also known as: Blue-crowned Pygmy Parrot, Little Pygmy Parrot

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Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot
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Did You Know?

The Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot feeds while gripping upside down on the sides of tree trunks, tail braced as a prop. They pause while feeding, turning their heads right around like an owl, possibly to check for predators.

Academic Research

Related publications: Micropsitta pusio

Species Profile

Genus: Micropsitta | Species: pusio

Size:

8.4cm (3.2 in)

Weight:

10-15g (0.35-0.5 oz)

Races including nominate:

four: M.p. pusio, M.p. beccarii, M.p. harterti, M.p. stresemanni

Colourization Adult:

M.p. pusio: Both adults forehead and sides of head buff/brown, paler in female; centre of crown and occiput dark blue, less noticeable in female; underwing coverts yellow/brown; undertail coverts yellow; centre tail feathers dark blue, the feathers on the side blue/black. Bill grey. Eye brown.
M.p. beccarii: Both adults in general darker in colour; forehead and sides of head darker brown.
M.p. harterti: Both adults less yellow on underparts; blue suffusion on throat; head markings duller.
M.p. stresemanni: Both adults as in harteri, but more yellow underparts; slightly larger in size.

Colourization Juvenile:

M.p. pusio: As in adults but crown and occiput green; brown on sides of head duller. Bill pale yellow tipped with grey/brown.
M.p. beccarii: As in adults.
M.p. harterti: As in adults.
M.p. stresemanni: As in adults.

Call:

While in flight a continuous ssii…ssii or high-pitched tseet-tseet. Alarm call a repetitious note szeeei…szeeei. Silent while feeding, with occasional contact calls to others.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Arkive
Avibase
Wikipedia
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

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Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot
© Mehd Halaouate | http://www.indonesien.nu/indonesieneng

Did You Know?

The Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot feeds while gripping upside down on the sides of tree trunks, tail braced as a prop. They pause while feeding, turning their heads right around like an owl, possibly to check for predators.

Academic Research

Related publications: Micropsitta pusio

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:

3

Incubation Time:

Not available

Fledging Age:

Not available

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot
© Mehd Halaouate | http://www.indonesien.nu/indonesieneng

Did You Know?

The Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot feeds while gripping upside down on the sides of tree trunks, tail braced as a prop. They pause while feeding, turning their heads right around like an owl, possibly to check for predators.

Academic Research

Related publications: Micropsitta pusio

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

None at present.

Range:

M.p. pusio: Bismarck Archipelago, east to Duke of York Island, and SE New Guinea, west in north to Astrolabe Bay and in south to Purari River and Lake Kutubu, C Papua New Guinea.
M.p. beccarii: N New Guinea, from west coast of Geelvink Bay, Irian Jaya, east to Astrolabe Bay.
M.p. harterti: Fergusson Island, in D'Entrecasteaux Archipelago, E Papua New Guinea.
M.p. stresemanni: Misima and Tagula Islands, in Louisiade Archipelago, E Papua New Guinea.

Habitat:

Found up to 900m (2952 ft) in lowland forest, hill forest, gallery forest and secondary growth areas. Also found locally in heavy savanna and coconut groves.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on lichen and fungi from bark, seeds, fruit and insects.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Are seen in pairs or groups of up to 30 individuals, moving quickly up and down from lower to middle storeys of the canopy. Excavates nesting holes in active arboreal termitaria (termite "mounds" found in trees). Roosts communally.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3 rounded eggs, 16.5 x 13.5mm (0.6 x 0.5 in)

Breeding Season:

Has been recorded almost year round.

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Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot
© Mehd Halaouate | http://www.indonesien.nu/indonesieneng

Did You Know?

The Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot feeds while gripping upside down on the sides of tree trunks, tail braced as a prop. They pause while feeding, turning their heads right around like an owl, possibly to check for predators.

Academic Research

Related publications: Micropsitta pusio

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