Geelvink Pygmy-Parrot


Geelvink Pygmy-Parrot

Geelvink Pygmy-Parrot (Micropsitta geelvinkiana) 9 cm; 13–17 g. Most of the plumage is green, but the crown and face dark brownish blue, bluer on the throat, with a yellow arc on hind crown, broad orange-yellow center to underparts from breast to undertail-coverts.

This parrot Female has green underparts and duller face; lacks yellow on the crown. The juvenile has a light-brown face and a wide naked white area around the eye. Race misoriensis has head brown.

Micropsitta geelvinkiana Scientific name definitions

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

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.

Micropsitte de Geelvink



Micropsitta geelvinkiana geelvinkiana Scientific name definitions


Numfor I, in Geelvink Bay, NW New Guinea.


Micropsitta geelvinkiana misoriensis Scientific name definitions


Biak I, in Geelvink Bay, NW New Guinea.


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.

geelvink pygmy parrot

Geelvink Pygmy-Parrot


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

Diet and Foraging

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

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


Geelvink Pygmy-Parrot with slightly developed gonads in Dec; nest construction in Jun, and 2 nestlings also in Jun. Nest in arboreal termitarium.

Micropsitta geelvinkiana

Conservation Status

Conservation status on BirdlifeNT Near Threatened

Geelvink Pygmy-Parrot: 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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