French: Micropsitte pygmée German: Gelbkappen-Spechtpapagei Spanish: Microloro de las Kai
Subspecies and Distribution
M. k. keiensis
(Salvadori, 1876) – Kai Is (Kai Kecil, Kai Besar) and Aru Is.
M. k. chloroxantha
Oberholser, 1917 – Gebe and W Papuan Is (Waigeo, Salawati, Misool), and NW New Guinea (Vogelkop and Onin Peninsulas).
M. k. viridipectus
(Rothschild, 1911) – S New Guinea.
9 cm; 11–14 g. Most of plumage green, but crown dusky yellow, shading to green at rear, and upper face ochre, shading to green below. No apparent sex or age differences... read more
Calls include high-pitched short notes such as “tsit” or “tsee”. Also short phrases of 2–4... read more
Lowland and hill forest, coconut plantations, mangroves, nypa forest, even visiting trees in... read more
Food and feeding
Presumably fungus and lichen taken by bark-gleaning on trunks of flowering trees, particularly figs; most stomach contents are an... read more
Sept–Mar on basis of nestling in Oct, breeding condition male in Nov, nest with young in Mar. Nest in hollow excavated in arboreal... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Very common on Kai Is, scarce on Aru Is (apparently naturally), moderately common throughout W Papuan Is.
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