Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Geelvink Pygmy-parrot (Micropsitta geelvinkiana)


French: Micropsitte de Geelvink German: Geelvinkspechtpapagei Spanish: Microloro de Geelvink

Nasiterna pygmaea Geelvinkiana


, 1871,

Mafor [Numfor]


Forms a species-group with M. keiensis and M. pusio. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. g. geelvinkiana (Schlegel, 1871) – Numfor I, in Geelvink Bay, NW New Guinea.
  • M. g. misoriensis (Salvadori, 1876) – Biak I, in Geelvink Bay, NW New Guinea.
  • Descriptive notes

    9 cm; 13–17 g. Most of plumage green, but crown and face dark brownish blue, bluer on throat, with yellow arc on hindcrown, broad orange yellow centre to underparts... read more


    Calls involve high-pitched short notes such as “tsit” or “tsee”. Also short high-pitched warbled... read more


    Primary and secondary forest, including regrowth as low as 4 m high, woodland edge adjacent native... read more

    Food and feeding

    Probably lichen and fungus off bark, as in other Micropsitta; crushed seeds were in the stomach of a collected bird.


    Bird with slightly developed gonads in Dec; nest construction in Jun, and 2 nestlings also in Jun. Nest in arboreal termitarium.


    No information.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Well distributed in good numbers in lowland... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Geelvink Pygmy-parrot (Micropsitta geelvinkiana). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 7 December 2019).