Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot (Micropsitta keiensis) - Exotic birds | Pets

    Posted by pets | 30 January 2015

    - Micropsitta keiensis

    Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot


    Of 9,5 cm. in length and between 11 and 14 g. of weight.
    Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot
    The Crown Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot (Micropsitta keiensis) is color ocher-yellow, with a warm brown in the front; lores, Chin and the area under the eyes of brown color; the ears of dark green coats, tending to green clear cheeks and throat. Uppers of dark green with the Center covers black wing, feathers with a black margin extrecho; black flight feathers with vane Green external; Green wing feathers. The yellowish green underparts, with dark stripes thin; coverts yellow and green infracaudales. Upper, iridescent tail, slightly greenish blue in the Center, Foreign feathers blackish with yellow spot on the ends. Under, dark blue and yellow tail.

    Dark gray Bill; Brown irises; legs dark gray.

    Both sexes similar. Immature similar to females but with pale yellow beaks.

    • Sound of the Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot.

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    • Micropsitta keiensis keiensis: (Salvadori 1876), the nominal subspecies.
    • Micropsitta keiensis viridipectus: (Rothschild 1911) – Similar to nominal, but darker.
    • Micropsitta keiensis chloroxantha: (Oberholser 1917) – The mature more muted. Underparts with red markings on the male, tinged with yellowish in the female.

    It inhabits lowland forests, in secondary growth and, sometimes around inhabited areas and coconut trees. The ecology of the species is similar to the Microloro Pusio. The birds are alone, in pairs or in small groups, and they can be distributed by undergrowth to some 20 meters above the ground. They climb on trunks and branches, and they can go down head, in inverted position, sometimes.


    They nest and rest in cavities of tree termites, the cavity they dig for themselves; the passageways of the tunnel going upwards and can be folded before arriving at the nido-camara. Two white eggs make up the implementation , deposited in a cavity unlined (dimensions around 20 cm x 15 cm.), and they can be occupied, from roost, by other adults (up to four) during the breeding season. The exact role of these visiting birds is unknown, It is thought that they can help with the tasks of nest. Nesting has been recorded from October to March


    They feed on lichens, fungi, seeds, fruits and insects. Most of the Lichen directly collected it from the surface of the bark of the trees.


    The Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot is distributed among the Islands of Papua, in the West area, including Waigeo, Gébé, Kofiau, Salawati and Misool; through Vogelkop and the Onin peninsula (Irian Jaya); in the Kai and the Aru Islands, and in the South of New Guinea between Mimika and the Fly River. The species is locally common.

    Of the three subspecies:

    • Micropsitta keiensis keiensis: Nominal suespecie.
    • Micropsitta keiensis viridipectus: South of New Guinea.
    • Micropsitta keiensis chloroxantha: Raja Ampat archipelago and New Guinea West;
    • Current IUCN Red list category: Least concern
    • Population trend: Stable

    The size of the world's population has not been quantified, It is estimated over the > 100,000 copies. The species, According to sources, It is considered very common within its distribution area (pit et to the. 1997).

    The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence of any reduction or substantial threats.

    In captivity:

    Not usually survive in captivity.

    Alternative names:

    - Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot, Yellow capped Pygmy Parrot, Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot (ingles).
    - Micropsitte pygmée (francés).
    - Gelbkappen-Spechtpapagei (alemán).
    - Micropsitta keiensis (portugués).
    - Microloro de Kai, Microloro de las Kai (español).

    Scientific classification:

    - Orden: Psittaciformes
    - Familia: Psittaculidae
    - Nombre científico: Micropsitta keiensis
    - Citation: (Salvadori, 1876)
    - Protónimo: Nasiterna keiensis



    – Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
    – Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr


    (1) – Parrot-birds – link
    (2) – «NasiternaPygmaeaFKeulemans» by John Gerrard KeulemansOrnithological Miscellany. Volume 1. Licensed public via domain Wikimedia Commons.

    Sounds: Hans Matheve (Xeno-canto)

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    Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot Vídeo

    • one descending a trunk head first with splayed legs, remarkable behavior, appeared to be eating something on the tree (lichen maybe), rather than ants which can be seen on the trunk behind - Autor Martin Kennewel - lynx

    Anatomy of the Psitacidae




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