Micropsitta

The Micropsitta genus includes 6 species and several subspecies of pygmy parrots endemic to New Guinea and nearby islands, where they live in forrests.

With a size of about 8-10 cm the pygmy parrots are the smallest of all parrot species.

Besides insects a major part of their diet includes certain fungi and lichens native to their local habitat; as such it is very difficult to breed pygmy parrots in captivity.

The population of most species are stable but the Geelvink Pygmy-parrot is in decline and listed as Near Threatened by IUCN.

 

Micropsitta bruijnii
Red-breasted Pygmy Parrot

Micropsitta finschii
Finsch's Pygmy Parrot

Micropsitta geelvinkiana
Geelvink Pygmy Parrot

Micropsitta keiensis
Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot

Micropsitta meeki
Meek's Pygmy Parrot

Micropsitta pusio
Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot

Species & Subspecies

  • Micropsitta bruijnii (Salvadori, 1875) - Red-breasted Pygmy Parrot
    • Micropsitta bruijnii bruijnii (Salvadori, 1875)
    • Micropsitta bruijnii buruensis (Arndt, 1999)
    • Micropsitta bruijnii necopinata (Hartert, 1925)
    • Micropsitta bruijnii pileata (Mayr, 1940)
    • Micropsitta bruijnii rosea (Mayr, 1940)
  • Micropsitta finschii (Ramsay, EP, 1881) - Finsch's Pygmy Parrot
    • Micropsitta finschii finschii (Ramsay, EP, 1881)
    • Micropsitta finschii aolae (Ogilvie-Grant, 1888)
    • Micropsitta finschii nanina (Tristram, 1891)
    • Micropsitta finschii tristrami (Rothschild & Hartert, 1902)
    • Micropsitta finschii viridifrons (Rothschild & Hartert, 1899)
  • Micropsitta geelvinkiana (Schlegel, 1871) - Geelvink Pygmy Parrot
    • Micropsitta geelvinkiana geelvinkiana (Schlegel, 1871)
    • Micropsitta geelvinkiana misoriensis (Salvadori, 1876)
  • Micropsitta keiensis (Salvadori, 1876) - Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot
    • Micropsitta keiensis keiensis (Salvadori, 1876)
    • Micropsitta keiensis chloroxantha (Oberholser, 1917)
  • Micropsitta meeki (Rothschild & Hartert, 1914) - Meek's Pygmy Parrot
    • Micropsitta meeki meeki (Rothschild & Hartert, 1914)
    • Micropsitta meeki proxima (Rothschild & Hartert, 1924)
  • Micropsitta pusio (Sclater, PL, 1866) - Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot
    • Micropsitta pusio pusio (Sclater, PL, 1866)
    • Micropsitta pusio beccarii (Salvadori, 1876)
    • Micropsitta pusio harterti (Mayr, 1940)
    • Micropsitta pusio stresemanni (Hartert, 1926)