Geelvink Pygmy-Parrot


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Geelvink Pygmy-Parrot

Micropsitta geelvinkiana Scientific name definitions

  • NT Near Threatened
  • Names (15)
  • Subspecies (2)

Identification

9 cm; 13–17 g. Most of plumage green 

© Mathieu BallyPapua, Papua, Indonesia 27 Sep 2018Macaulay Library ML 206200771eBird S65201509

, but crown 

© Mathieu BallyPapua, Papua, Indonesia 27 Sep 2018Macaulay Library ML 206200761eBird S65201509

and face 

© Mehd HalaouatePapua, Papua, Indonesia 17 Dec 2004Macaulay Library ML 205933931eBird S65186716

dark brownish blue, bluer on throat, with yellow arc on hindcrown, broad orange yellow centre to underparts from breast to undertail-coverts 

© Phil ChaonPapua, Papua, Indonesia 25 Sep 2018Macaulay Library ML 121087881eBird S48733021

. Female has green underparts and duller face; lacks yellow on crown. Juvenile 

© Mehd HalaouatePapua, Papua, Indonesia 27 Dec 2004Macaulay Library ML 205933951eBird S65186717

has light-brown face and a wide naked white area around eye. Race misoriensis has head brown.

Systematics History

Editor’s Note: This article requires further editing work to merge existing content into the appropriate Subspecies sections. Please bear with us while this update takes place.Forms a species-group with M. keiensis and M. pusio. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies


SUBSPECIES

Micropsitta geelvinkiana geelvinkiana Scientific name definitions

M. g. geelvinkiana+1

Distribution

Numfor I, in Geelvink Bay, NW New Guinea.


SUBSPECIES

Micropsitta geelvinkiana misoriensis Scientific name definitions

M. g. misoriensis+1

Distribution

Biak I, in Geelvink Bay, NW New Guinea.

Distribution

Editor’s Note: Additional distribution information for this taxon can be found in the ‘Subspecies’ article above. In the future we will develop a range-wide distribution article.

Habitat

Primary and secondary forest, including regrowth as low as 4 m high, woodland edge adjacent native gardens. Recorded only up to 150 m.

Movement

No information.

Diet and Foraging

Probably lichen and fungus off bark, as in other Micropsitta; crushed seeds were in the stomach of a collected bird.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Calls involve high-pitched short notes such as “tsit” or “tsee”. Also short high-pitched warbled phrases when perched.

Breeding

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

© Mehd HalaouatePapua, Papua, Indonesia 27 Dec 2004Macaulay Library ML 205933951eBird S65186717

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Conservation Status

Conservation status on BirdlifeNT Near Threatened

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Well distributed in good numbers in lowland secondary and remnant primary forest patches on Biak, and throughout adjacent Supiori (off NW Biak).


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