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

Posted by pets | 30 January 2015

- Micropsitta keiensis

Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot


9,5 cm. length between 11 and 14 g. of weight.

Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot

The crown of the Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot (Micropsitta keiensis) es de color ocre amarillo, con un marrón cálido en la forehead; lores, chin y el área bajo los eyes, brown; coverts outpus, dark green, tendiendo a verde más claro en las cheeks and the throat.

Upperparts, de color verde oscuro con el centro a las wing-coverts de color negro y plumas con un extrecho margen de color negro; flight feather negras con vane Green external; plumas de las wings green. The underparts are yellowish-green, con finas franjas oscuras; undertail-coverts de color amarillo y verde. Upper, the tail es iridiscente, slightly greenish blue in the Center, Foreign feathers blackish with yellow spot on the ends. Under, the tail de color azul oscuro y amarillo.

Bill dark grey; iris brown; legs dark gray.

Both sexes similar.
Immature parecidos a las hembras pero con el bill pale yellow.

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Description 3 subspecies
  • Micropsitta keiensis keiensis

    (Salvadori, 1876) – the subspecies nominal.

  • Micropsitta keiensis viridipectus

    (Rothschild, 1911) – Similar a nominal, but darker.

  • Micropsitta keiensis chloroxantha

    (Oberholser, 1917) – The mature more muted. The underparts con marcas rojas en el male, teñidas de color amarillento en la female.


It inhabits in the forests of lowlands, in secondary growth and, sometimes around inhabited areas and coconut trees. The ecología de la especie es similar a la de el Buff-faced Pygmy-Parrot. 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.


Anidan y descansan en cavidades de termitas arbóreas, the cavity they dig for themselves; the passageways of the tunnel going upwards and can be folded before arriving at the nido-camara. Componen la laying dos huevos blancos depositados en una cavidad sin forro (dimensions around 20 cm x 15 cm.), y pueden ser ocupados de dormidero por otros adultos (up to four) durante la breeding season. The exact role of these visiting birds is unknown, It is thought that they can help with the tasks of nest. Anidamiento ha sido registrado desde octubre a marzo


With feed de líquenes, fungi, seeds, fruits and insects. Most of the Lichen directly collected it from the surface of the bark of the trees.


Tamaño de su área de distribución (reproductor/residente): 763.000 km2

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 (West Papua Province); in the Kai and the Aru Islands, and in the South of New Guinea between Mimika and the Fly River. The species is common to scale local.

Distribution 3 subspecies:

• Current IUCN Red list category: Least concern

• Population trend: Stable

The size of the world population It has not been quantified, It is estimated over the 100,000 specimens.

The species, According to sources, es considerada muy común dentro de su área de distribución (pit et to the. 1997).

The population 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

Images of the Kai Microloro:


Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot (Micropsitta 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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Subespecies Micropsitta keiensis

  • Micropsitta keiensis
  • Subspecies:
  • Micropsitta keiensis keiensis
  • Micropsitta keiensis viridipectus
  • Micropsitta keiensis chloroxantha
  • Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot Vídeo

    Anatomy of the Psitacidae


    Especies del género Micropsitta

    • Micropsitta keiensis
      • ---- Micropsitta keiensis chloroxantha
      • ---- Micropsitta keiensis keiensis
      • ---- Micropsitta keiensis viridipectus
    • Micropsitta geelvinkiana
      • ---- Micropsitta geelvinkiana geelvinkiana
      • ---- Micropsitta geelvinkiana misoriensis
    • Micropsitta pusio
      • ---- Micropsitta pusio beccarii
      • ---- Micropsitta pusio harterti
      • ---- Micropsitta pusio pusio
      • ---- Micropsitta pusio stresemanni
    • Micropsitta meeki
      • ---- Micropsitta meeki meeki
      • ---- Micropsitta meeki proxima
    • Micropsitta finschii
      • ---- Micropsitta finschii aolae
      • ---- Micropsitta finschii finschii
      • ---- Micropsitta finschii nanina
      • ---- Micropsitta finschii tristrami
      • ---- Micropsitta finschii viridifrons
    • Micropsitta bruijnii
      • ---- Micropsitta bruijnii bruijnii
      • ---- Micropsitta bruijnii buruensis
      • ---- Micropsitta bruijnii necopinata
      • ---- Micropsitta bruijnii pileata
      • ---- Micropsitta bruijnii rosea



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