French: Micropsitte de Bruijn German: Rotbrust-Spechtpapagei Spanish: Microloro pechirrojo
Mount Arfak, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
M. b. buruensis
Arndt, 1999 – Buru (S Moluccas).
M. b. pileata
Mayr, 1940 – Seram (S Moluccas).
M. b. bruijnii
(Salvadori, 1875) – mountains of New Guinea from Vogelkop Peninsula in W to Huon Peninsula and Owen Stanley Range in E.
M. b. necopinata
E. J. O. Hartert, 1925 – New Britain and New Ireland (Bismarck Archipelago).
M. b. rosea
Mayr, 1940 – Bougainville, Guadalcanal and Kolambangara (Solomon Is).
8–9 cm; 12–16 g. Forehead rusty shading to dull blue on hind-crown, nape, sides of neck and frontal half-collar; face yellow shading redder on ear-coverts; breast... read more
Calls comprise short, high-pitched and often slightly buzzy notes such as “tzeee” or “tsit”. Also... read more
Canopy of dense hill forest at 700 m, cloud forest at 1300 m, moss forest at 2000 m; range... read more
Food and feeding
Food gleaned methodically from on or under bark in upper branches of trees, sometimes with regular mechanical pecking action, but stomach... read more
Dec–Apr. Nest is hole in dead stump or tree, 3–4 m from ground; one was apparently attended by a male and two females.
Probably nomadic, although in places possibly a regular migrant, e.g. reportedly an annual visitor... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Usually considered uncommon to rare on Seram and Buru, but easily overlooked. Widespread but local in New Guinea; undescribed form at Ok... read more
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