BBC discovered world's smallest parrot

The smallest parrot in the world which is not much bigger than an adult person’s thumb, has been filmed in the wild for the first time. Can you imagine how tiny it is. I don't think ever seen such tiny bird. Maybe this is a dwarf parrot.

The discovery took place in Papua New Guinea for the BBC programme Lost Land of the Volcano. The expedition team also found another adult, which weighs less than half an ounce.

On average, buff-faced pygmy parrots (Micropsitta pusio) stand less than 9cm tall and weigh 11.5g (0.41oz). They are found across the northern lowlands of the island of New Guinea from the west to the southeastern tip, up to an altitude of around 800m.

Males and females look similar, but females have less prominent markings on the head. The birds have green feathers with yellowish plumage on their underparts; while their cheeks, face, and crown are more buff-coloured, hence their name.

BBC wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan first discovered a tiny nest belonging to two parrots deep within pristine rainforest. The birds nest in termite mounds, using their beaks and claws to dig their way in before laying eggs in the hole created.

Broadcast of The Lost Land of the Volcano series will begin on BBC One today , Tuesday 8 September at 2100 BST.

More news and videos on BBC News, 8 Sept 2009

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