Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot

Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot

Micropsitta keiensis Scientific name definitions

  • LC Least Concern
  • Names (15)
  • Subspecies (3)


9 cm; 11–14 g. Most of plumage green 

© Lars PeterssonPapua Barat, Papua, Indonesia 31 Jul 2013Macaulay Library ML 205931641eBird S65189063

, but crown 

© Robert HutchinsonMaluku, Maluku, Indonesia 01 Sep 2007Macaulay Library ML 205222341eBird S65099873

dusky yellow, shading to green at rear, and upper face ochre, shading to green below. No apparent sex or age differences. Race viridipectus supposedly darker than nominate; chloroxantha 

© Lars PeterssonPapua Barat, Papua, Indonesia 31 Jul 2013Macaulay Library ML 205902311eBird S65189063

has variable orange-red midline down lower breast and belly.

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. geelvinkiana and M. pusio. Proposed race sociabilis is synonym of chloroxantha. Three subspecies recognized.



Micropsitta keiensis keiensis Scientific name definitions

M. k. keiensis


Kai Is (Kai Kecil, Kai Besar) and Aru Is.


Micropsitta keiensis chloroxantha Scientific name definitions

M. k. chloroxantha


Gebe and W Papuan Is (Waigeo, Salawati, Misool), and NW New Guinea (Vogelkop and Onin Peninsulas).


Micropsitta keiensis viridipectus Scientific name definitions


S 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.


Lowland and hill forest, coconut plantations, mangroves, nypa forest, even visiting trees in villages; usually in understorey. On Kai Is ranges to 250 m.


No information.

Diet and Foraging

Presumably fungus and lichen taken by bark-gleaning on trunks seekmute0:10 / 1:02© Martin Kennewell

  • Papua Barat, Papua, Indonesia
  • 09 Sep 2004

of flowering trees, particularly figs; most stomach contents are an indeterminate paste, but small seeds found.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Calls include high-pitched short notes such as “tsit” or “tsee”. Also short phrases of 2–4 different notes, e.g. “tsee-see-seet”.


Sept–Mar on basis of nestling in Oct, breeding condition male in Nov, nest with young in Mar. Nest in hollow excavated in arboreal termitarium 3–4 m from ground. In one nest there were 6 adults as well as 2 nestlings, since the nest was also used for roosting by young from previous broods.

Conservation Status

Conservation status on BirdlifeLC Least ConcernNot 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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