Agapornis - birds Psittaciformes | Pets

    Posted by pets | 27 October 2011

    - Agapornis


    The lovebirds belongs to the family of parrots (Psittacidae), often called inseparable.
    The Anglo-Saxons call them parakeets or birds of love.
    Known in reality, for the love shown to their partners, its scientific name also emphasizes in his conduct, comes from the Greek as lovebirds “Agape” love “Ornis” Bird.

    Its main characteristics are its plump body, short tail and rounded peak. Its size in the wild ranges is of 14 cm to 17 cm and 40 and 70 g. of weight.

    In nature they live in the dry forests of southwestern Africa, at an altitude of 1500 m. They were discovered in 1793 by Voillot. Its range is not well known, but it is generally present in Angola, in the region of Sumba, along the coast of Namibia into the province of North Cape, in the East around the Okavango region and the border region between Botswana and South Africa. In Zimbabwe, their presence has been detected in several occasions near the Victoria falls. However, due to the complex movements (sedentary and erratic) This bird in this country, its area of reproduction is not yet defined in the Eastern State.

    The life of the Lovebird takes place in the arid zones of the forest, in the hills with bushes and lined riverbanks of trees, especially in gorges and stony, where the precipitation exceeds the 100 mm.

    Contrary to popular belief, Lovebirds are not solitary, live and reproduce in colonies. Although the bands of hundreds of birds are present near the sources of quality food, the species is usually found in small groups. It's a birds of colonial nesting whose natural breeding sites are inaccessible cracks and often steep vertical granite walls. However, It adapts very easily and they nest and lie in artificial structures or not suitable habitats.

    The female lays 4-6 eggs with two days of difference, sometimes only one. Incubation is performed solely by the female, hard 22 or 23 days. Young leave the nest at the age of 45 days, 2 months to be independent and 6 months to reach adult. Females reach sexual maturity between the 9 and 11 months and the males among 11 and 13 months.

    In captivity (the first offspring born in captivity was in Germany in 1869), they breed from February to March, Depending on external conditions and in particular the availability of food: seeds, berries, maize or millet.

    It is necessary to understand their moods and modes of expression, even if only to point out an anomaly or detect any disease.
    Lovebirds are notable climbers and large acrobats. Their flight is very powerful.
    Its powerful legs are very agile and use their beaks as a third leg to climb and move on trees or in the mesh of the cage.

    They are intelligent and highly evolved birds, capable of recognizing perfectly to its owner.

    Is considered a pest in cereal fields, especially where it feeds on corn and sunflower.


    A. Roseicollis, between 12 and 200 €.

    A. Fischer, between 18 and 500 €.

    A. impersonate, between 20 and 300 €.

    A. Nigrigenis, between 24 and 300 €.

    A. lilianae, between 40 and 300 €.

    A. Canus, between 90 and 200 €.

    A. Taranta, between 200 and 500 €.

    A. Pullarius, between 250 and 700 €.

    Approximate prices.

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    3 comments on “Agapornis
    1. Agapornis says:

      Very interesting this information on lovebirds fischer! On my page you also have extra information about these birds. Best regards

    2. Aboudi says:

      hi anyone could tell me how to differetiate among males and females of these spieces. i have one but dont know if its male or female. Any help??!!

    3. Pets says:


      Lovebirds are monomorphic meaning both male and female are identical in appearance.

      There are some definite ways to tell if the bird is male of female. If it lays an egg, Bingo, you’ve got a girl.

      If you really want to be sure, have them DNA tested it costs about $25. You can also have them surgically sexed

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