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Geelvink Pygmy Parrot

 (Micropsitta geelvinkiana)

Also known as: Biak Pygmy Parrot

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Pair of Geelvink Pygmy Parrots
© Mehd Halaouate

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.

Academic Research

Related publications: Micropsitta geelvinkiana

Species Profile

Genus: Micropsitta | Species: geelvinkiana

Size:

9cm (3.5 in)

Weight:

13-17g (0.45-0.6 oz)

Races including nominate:

two: M.g. geelvinkiana, M.g. misoriensis

Colour Adult:

M.g. geelvinkiana: Male-green underwing coverts; deep grey/brown forehead, lores to cheeks and ear coverts, the cheek feathers margined with dark blue; deep purple/blue crown to eyes, bordered on occiput by varying yellow patch; blue throat to sides of foreneck; orange/yellow centre of breast and abdomen; blue central tail feathers, with green/black lateral feathers. Bill grey. Eye brown/red. Female-paler grey/brown face and forecheeks, with green hindcheeks and ear coverts; yellow patch on occiput absent; green/yellow underparts.
M.g. misoriensis: Male-dark grey/brown head, with blue line bordering on hindneck; yellow mark on nape. Female-as in male, but yellow on nape absent; crown feathers faintly margined with blue.

Colour Juvenile:

M.g. geelvinkiana: As in adult female but with pale yellow bill tipped with grey/brown.

Call:

Calls are high-pitched short "tsee tsee”. Also short high-pitched warbled notes.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Avibase
Arkive
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

Click photo to visit gallery

Pair of Geelvink Pygmy Parrots
© Mehd Halaouate

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.

Academic Research

Related publications: Micropsitta geelvinkiana

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not found in aviculture.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Not recorded.

Diet:

Not recorded.

Enrichment:

Not recorded.

Nest Box Size:

Not recorded.

Clutch Size:

Not recorded.

Incubation Time:

Not recorded.

Fledging Age:

Not recorded.

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Click photo to visit gallery

Pair of Geelvink Pygmy Parrots
© Mehd Halaouate

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.

Academic Research

Related publications: Micropsitta geelvinkiana

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Near Threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

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

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.

Wild Diet:

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

Ecology and Behaviour:

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

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not recorded.

Breeding Season:

Probably June-August.

Click photo to visit gallery

Pair of Geelvink Pygmy Parrots
© Mehd Halaouate

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.

Academic Research

Related publications: Micropsitta geelvinkiana

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