Micropsitta geelvinkiana, Geelvink Pygmy Parrot, Nurikate Geelvink

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Micropsitta geelvinkiana, Geelvink Pygmy Parrot, Nurikate Geelvink


The Geelvink Pygmy Parrot, Micropsitte De Geelvink, Perruche Pygm?De Schlegel, or Microloro De Geelvink (Micropsitta geelvinkiana) is a species of parrot in the Psittacidae family. It is endemic to Indonesia. The name Geelvink comes from a Dutch ship and family called Geelvinck.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and rural gardens. It is threatened by habitat loss.

The Pygmy parrots have extra-long toes to help them climb easily in the trees. They also have very strong, stiffened tailfeathers to help them brace against tree trunks.

Status in the Wild
World Population:
About 10,000 (1991)

M.g. geelvinkiana Numfor Island in Geelvink Bay.
M.g. misoriensis: Biak Island in Geelvink Bay.

Found up to 300m (9840 ft) in lowland forest, secondary growth forest, open cultivated areas with isolated trees and gardens.

Threat Summary:
The habitat of this species is under threat from logging and subsistence farming.

IUCN Rating:

Wild Diet:
Probably lichen, fungi, seeds, flowers, fruits and insects and their larvae.

CITES Rating:
Appendix II

Usually seen in groups of 4-5 birds. Very shy. Will associate with other birds in low lying shrubbery.

Clutch and Egg Size:
Not available

Breeding Season:
Probably June-August.

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