French: Micropsitte de Geelvink German: Geelvinkspechtpapagei Spanish: Microloro de Geelvink
Nasiterna pygmaea Geelvinkiana
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.
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.
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
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