French: Micropsitte de Finsch German: Salomonenspechtpapagei Spanish: Microloro de Finsch
Other common names: Finsch's Pygmy-parrot
E. P. Ramsay, 1881,
San Cristobal, Solomon Islands.
Five subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. f. viridifrons
(Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1899) – New Hanover, New Ireland, Djaul, Tabar Is and Lihir Is.
M. f. nanina
(Tristram, 1891) – N Solomon Is (Buka, Bougainville, Choiseul and Santa Isabel).
M. f. tristrami
(Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1902) – W Solomon Is (Vella Lavella, Gizo, Kolombangara, New Georgia, Rendova, Tetepare and Vangunu).
M. f. aolae
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1888) – EC Solomons (Russell Is, Guadalcanal, Florida Is and Malaita).
M. f. finschii
(E. P. Ramsay, 1881) – SE Solomons on Rennell, Makira (San Cristobal) and Uki.
8–9 cm; 12–18 g. Green throughout, paler on underparts; vague blue around base of lower mandible; black spotting on median wing-coverts; belly spot orange-red;... read more
Calls include high-pitched short notes such as “tsit” or “tsee”. Also short phrases involving... read more
Chiefly primary forest but also second growth, shade trees and trees in clearings between 500... read more
Food and feeding
Birds feed on relatively clear trunks and limbs of trees, pecking off bark and pieces of fungus and lichen; remains of small scaled insects... read more
Mar–Apr, Guadalcanal. Reported to nest in low arboreal or terrestrial termite mound.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Fairly common, Bismarcks, and throughout most of Solomons although affected by forest loss on... read more
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