Yellow-capped pygmy parrot

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Yellow-capped pygmy parrot
Female; illustration by Keulemans
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Micropsitta
Species: M. keiensis
Binomial name
Micropsitta keiensis
(Salvadori, 1875)

The yellow-capped pygmy parrot (Micropsitta keiensis) is a species of parrot in the family Psittacidae found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest. Like many parrots, this pygmy parrot is affectionate to its mate. It is currently unknown if they remain monogamous for life like many bigger parrots because of their isolated location, which is difficult to reach.


Both genders are green, have a yellow crown and undertail coverts, blue central tail feathers and brown eyes.[2] It has three subspecies, the nominate, M. k. chloroxantha and M. k. viridipectus.

Male; illustration by Keulemans