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Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot - BirdForum Opus

Probably a juvenile
Photo by mehdhalaouate
Taja, Papua New Guinea, September 2007
Micropsitta pusio


World's smallest parrot

  • Buff forehead and sides of head
  • Dark blue centre crown
  • Yellow-brown underwing coverts
  • Yellow undertail coverts
  • Dark blue centre tail feathers
  • Brown iris
  • Grey bill


Australasia: found in northern and south-eastern New Guinea.



There are 4 subspecies:

  • M. p. beccarii:
  • Northern New Guinea, Manam, Karkar, Bagabag and Rook islands
  • M. p. pusio:
  • South-eastern New Guinea and Bismarck Archipelago
  • M. p. harterti:
  • Fergusson Island (D'Entrecasteaux Archipelago)
  • M. p. stresemanni:
  • Louisiade Archipelago (Misima and Tagula)


Moist lowland forests.


It feeds upside down.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. World Parrot Trust

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