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Meek's Pygmy Parrot - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Yellow-breasted Pygmy Parrot

Micropsitta meeki


10 cm.

  • Dusky grey-brown head with light barring and usually with indistinct yellow superciliary
  • Yellow nape and underparts with weak brown edging (giving a vague scaled effect)
  • Green back and wings with black spotting on median wing-coverts
  • Tail grey and yellow below and green above
  • proxima with paler head and more prominent yellow superiliary

Sexes similar, immatures undescribed.


Admiralty Islands and Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea.
A restricted-range species. Common on Manus and Lou.


Two subspecies recognized:

  • M. m. meeki on Admiralty Islands
  • M. m. proxima on the Bismarck Archipelago (Mussau and Emirau)


Found in primary and degraded forest. More common in the latter.


A poorly known species.


Recorded pecking at small protuberances, apparently fungi. Also seen nibbling lichen off tree-trunk.


One nest recorded in an arboreal termitarium. No other information.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1997. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334221
  3. Gill F, D Donsker & P Rasmussen (Eds). 2021. IOC World Bird List (v11.1). doi : 10.14344/IOC.ML.11.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/

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