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 Red List.
Red-breasted Pygmy Parrot
Finsch’s Pygmy Parrot
Geelvink Pygmy Parrot
Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot
Meek’s Pygmy Parrot
Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot