Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Geelvink Pygmy-parrot (Micropsitta geelvinkiana)


Taxonomy

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

Nasiterna pygmaea Geelvinkiana

Schlegel

, 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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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.

    Breeding

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

    Movements

    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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54486 on 14 December 2018).