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World's smallest parrot filmed

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Correction 10 September 2009: Since the Lost Land of the Volcano programme was broadcast on Tuesday 8 September, we've learnt that this parrot may have been mis-identified. Ornithologist Dr Jack Dumbacher now believes the parrots filmed may be yellow-capped pygmy parrots (Micropsitta keiensis), not buff-faced pygmy parrots (Micropsitta pusio). At an average height of 9 to 9.5cm, the closely-related yellow-capped pygmy parrots are slightly taller than buff-faced pygmy parrots.


The world's smallest parrot is caught unharmed and examined by a BBC expedition.

The team, filming in Papua New Guinea for the programme Lost Land of the Volcano, trapped a live buff-faced pygmy parrot, after having filmed the creature in the wild for the first time.

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).

The Lost Land of the Volcano series will broadcast on BBC One on Tuesday 8 September at 2100 BST.

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