Meek’s Pygmy Parrot

Meeks Pygmy Parrot

Micropsitta meeki Scientific name definitions

  • LC Least Concern
  • Names (14)
  • Subspecies (2)


10 cm. Head 

© Lars PeterssonManus, Papua New Guinea 05 Jul 2014Macaulay Library ML 205967201eBird S65190066

dusky grey-brown with light barring, usually with indistinct yellow superciliary; nape and underparts yellow with weak brown edging, giving vague scaled effect; back and wings 

© Lars PeterssonManus, Papua New Guinea 05 Jul 2014Macaulay Library ML 205967191eBird S65190066

green, with black spotting on median wing-coverts; tail green above, grey and yellow below. Immature undescribed. Race proxima has paler head with distinct yellow superciliary.

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.Two subspecies recognized.



Micropsitta meeki meeki Scientific name definitions

M. m. meeki


Admiralty Is (Manus, Rambutyo, Lou).


Micropsitta meeki proxima Scientific name definitions

M. m. proxima


St Matthias Is (Mussau, Eloaua, Emirau).


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.


Primary and degraded forest, apparently commoner in latter.


No information.

Diet and Foraging

Seen pecking at small warty protuberances, apparently fungi, on smooth-barked tree; also seen nibbling lichen off tree-trunk.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Calls comprise high-pitched short notes such as “tsit” or “tsee”. Also brief phrases of 2–4 different notes “see-sit-see-seet”.


One nest reported to have been found in arboreal termitarium, only 25 cm above ground; however, the source of this record is unclear. No further information available.

Conservation Status

Conservation status on BirdlifeLC Least ConcernNot globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Common on Manus and Lou.

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