Pygmy parrot perched on a flower

Pygmy parrots

Pygmy parrots, as their name suggests, are the smallest members of the parrot family and are even smaller than budgerigars. There are six species which are found in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Unusually for birds, pygmy parrots eat a lot of lichen and fungus as well as some seeds, fruit and insects.

Scientific name: Micropsitta

Rank: Genus

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Map showing the distribution of the Pygmy parrots taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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