Finsch's Pygmy-Parrot
Micropsitta finschii

Finsch's Pygmy-Parrot


9,5 cm. length between 12 and 18 g. of weight.

Finsch's Pygmy-Parrot

The head of the Finsch's Pygmy-Parrot (Micropsitta finschii) is bright green, slightly yellowish, dotted with pale blue in the chin and throat. Upperparts bright green, with fine darker stripes. The flight feather they are black with fine green edges; wing feathers greenish yellow. The underparts pale yellowish green with fine darker stripes and feather in the center of the belly orange-red; uppertail-coverts yellow, the longest with bluish-green tips. Upper, the tail is off blue, Black in the Center and sides with blue and yellow tips; below, the tail is black with yellow tips.

Bill blackish; cere Pink ; irises orange red; legs grey.

Cere rose in the male, grey in the female. The females they lack the red marks in the underparts and they have pink feathers, not blue, on chin.

Immature with bill grayish and reddish brown, not orange-red, the irises.

In the juvenile birds the cere is greyish in both sexes. Males immature of the species nominal lack of the chin Blue and red markings in the abdomen.

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Subspecies description

  • Micropsitta finschii finschii

    (EP Ramsay, 1881) – The nominal.

  • Micropsitta finschii nanina (Tristram, 1891) – The adults have a stain blue in the part superior of the crown.
  • Micropsitta finschii viridifrons

    (Rothschild & ECTION Hartert, 1899) – Adults have a large blue spot at the top of the crown and blue tones to the sides of the face.

  • Micropsitta finschii tristami

    (Rothschild & ECTION Hartert, 1902) – Adults do not have blue spots and orange

  • Micropsitta finschii aolae

    (Ogilvie-Grant, 1888) – Adults have the upperparts darker and have a blue spot on the top of the crown.


Most common in the lowland primary forest at medium altitude, are observed to the 900 meters above sea level (lower limit of cloud forests where they are replaced by the Red-breasted Pygmy-Parrot, but they are distributed in a variety of habitats, including weed gardens, casuarinas, secondary growth, areas of open scrubland and occasionally coconut (Cocos nucifera). It's a vociferous and active species, difficult to observe. They are alone, in pairs or in groups of 3 to 6 birds. They feed on acrobatic form, down with your head upside down and using their tails as support on the bark of the trees.


One or two eggs are deposited by the female in a cavity excavated over a period of several weeks in an active nest of tree termites (that is also used for the rest). Adults were observed with calves in January of 1995 in the South of New Ireland. The period of reproduction It speculates that may be between March and Mayo.


Peck the trunks and branches of the tree tops and medium height plants to glean Lichens and fungi, also noticed them is feeding of seeds of Casuarina.


Are found in the Bismarck Archipelago including New Hanover, Tabar, Lihir and New Ireland, through Bougainville in the Solomon Islands in Choiseul, Santa Isabel, Malaita, Vella Lavella, Gizo, Kolombangara, New Georgia, Rendova, the Russell Islands, the Islands of Florida, Nggela Sule, Guadalcanal, Uki and San Cristóbal.

Distribution of subspecies:


• Current IUCN Red list category: Least concern

• Population trend: Stable

The size of the world population It has not been quantified, supposedly above 100.000 specimens. The species according to sources, It is abundant within its range (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 found in captivity.
This species only has been live for short periods in captivity; new birds may refuse foods completely.

Alternative names:

Finsch’s Pygmy-Parrot, Emerald Pygmy Parrot, Finsch’s Pygmy Parrot, Green Pygmy Parrot, Green Pygmy-Parrot (ingles).
Micropsitte de Finsch (francés).
Salomonenspechtpapagei, Salomonen-Spechtpapagei (alemán).
Micropsitta finschii (portugués).
Microloro de Finsch (español).

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Scientific name: Micropsitta finschii
Genus: Meeki
Citation: (Ramsay,EP, 1881)
Protonimo: Nasiterna Finschii


Finsch's Pygmy-Parrot (Micropsitta finschii)


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


(1) – A bird foraging on a trunk by Josep del Hoyo – lynx
(2) – Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M

Sounds: Mark Todd (Xeno-canto)

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