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 Red List.

Species

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

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