Tuesday, September 08, 2009

World smallest parrot caught on film...

I always thought that Parrotlets were the smallest species of parrot, but I guess not. These little buff-faced pygmy parrots weight in at less than half-an-ounce. That's tiny. This is from BBC news:
The world's smallest parrot has been filmed in the wild for the first time by a BBC expedition.
The team, filming in Papua New Guinea for the programme Lost Land of the Volcano, caught two of the buff-faced pygmy parrots on camera.
On average, buff-faced pygmy parrots (Micropsitta pusio) are not much bigger than a human thumb, standing less than 9cm tall and weighing 11.5g (0.41 oz).

Watch the short, but interesting video clip here: World's smallest parrot filmed

Here's a more detailed article covering the same story: World’s smallest parrot filmed in wild for first time.

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