French: Micropsitte à tête fauve German: Braunstirn-Spechtpapagei Spanish: Microloro pusio
P. L. Sclater
Solomon Islands; error = Duke of York Island, Bismarck
Subspecies and Distribution
M. p. beccarii
(Salvadori, 1876) – N New Guinea from W Geelvink Bay E to Huon Bay, and islands of Manam, Karkar, Bagabag, Tolokiwa, Sakar and Umboi.
M. p. pusio
(P. L. Sclater, 1866) – E New Guinea and Bismarck Archipelago (New Britain, Lolobau, Watom, Duke of York).
M. p. harterti
Mayr, 1940 – Fergusson I (in D’Entrecasteaux Is).
M. p. stresemanni
E. J. O. Hartert, 1926 – Misima I and Tagula I (Louisiade Archipelago).
8 cm; 10–15 g. Generally green, more yellowish on underparts; forehead and face buff-ochre, sometimes with yellowish superciliary stripe; central crown to nape deep... read more
Calls include high-pitched short notes such as “tsit” or “tsee”. Also short phrases of 2–4... read more
Lowland and floodplain gallery forest, tall secondary growth and trees in clearings, sometimes... read more
Food and feeding
Lichen, bark fungus, and probably termites; insect remains, tiny black seeds, yellow fruit flesh and flowers in stomachs.
Sept–May. Nest in hole excavated in arboreal termitarium, in one case that of Microcerotermes biroi about 2 m above ground... read more
Wandering groups noted in extreme E of range, but whether there is true nomadism or birds simply... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Very uncommon or local on Sepik R, but common in Owen Stanley Range foothills, SE Papua New Guinea, where density estimated at 20 birds/km... read more
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