Rosy-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis) - Exotic birds | Pets

Posted by pets | 17 November 2015

- Agapornis roseicollis

Inseparable de Namibia


Between 15 and 18 cm in length and a weight between 43 and 63 g..

Inseparable de Namibia

The Rosy-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis) has the upperparts green, except in the rump and the uppertail-coverts they are bright blue. The tail is green, but the side feathers are black base, orange-red edges and subterminal band Black. The flight feather They have black tips.

The underparts They are pale green from the bottom of the breast up to the undertail-coverts. The feathers of the tail and the flight feather son negruzcas.

The head, the forehead and the part behind eyes They are red, while the face, the chin, the throat and the top breast They are pink.

The bill It is white with greenish-gray tint. The eyes are dark brown, surrounded by a eye ring white. The legs are grey.

Both sexes are similar.

The youth They are duller with forehead green tinged with red rose. The face is pale pink to the top breast. The bill It has a black base.

  • Sound of the Rosy-faced Lovebird.
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Subspecies description:
  • Agapornis roseicollis catumbella (Hall,BP 1952) – Brighter colors, with the front of the crown a dark red and the cheeks Bright color.
  • Agapornis roseicollis roseicollis (Vieillot, 1818) – The species nominal

The Rosy-faced Lovebird frequents dry woodlands fields altitudes up to 1.500 m. Sub-desert steppes observed, wooded savannah with scattered forest cover, forest belts along rivers and farmland; often near standing water.

Generally, in flocks of 5 to 20 birds, but sometimes up to several hundred they can gather in areas where grass seeds mature or near water sources.

They are very sociable and noisy, but also pretty tame. When resent, They fly to the nearest tree or vegetation, before returning quickly to the food source.

They used as roosts, nests Sociable Weaver (Philetairus socius) and the White-browed Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser mahali). Birds huddle in small groups in branches when the weather is rather cool.


The Rosy-faced Lovebird can pair off from two months of age. The male wait until the female accepts him before approaching. She takes a stand “uproar” when ready. The male It provides food, while balancing the head to get his attention. Also head scratching, especially around peak. When the male tries his approach, gently slides his hand. You can try out the other side if female It is shown aggressive.

The peach-faced lovebird are monogamous.

Nest in rock crevices, human constructions, bridges or communal nests Sociable Weaver (Philetairus socius) and the White-browed Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser mahali). The nest It is made of straw and branches, and some other materials such as bark chips, leaves and herbs, carried by the female rump feathers. The nest of the weavers carries no additional material added. The nests are communal.

The breeding season It has been recorded in the months Feb-Mar, April and October; most seem to be put in the months of February to May.

The female lays 4-6 eggs. The incubation lasts a few 23 days, that alone makes female. It is fed by the male during this period. The chicks are fed by regurgitation female, but it is the male who carries food. The period in the nest It is close to the 5-6 weeks, during which both parents feed the young. Flying around the age of 43 days.


The Rosy-faced Lovebird they feed on, mainly, seed, sometimes taken directly from the soil, including grasses, Albizia and Acacia; usually they do visits to gardens to feed on sunflower seeds to cropland for him millet and the maize.

Sean is not considered a serious pest for crops because agriculture is scarce in the inhabited regions. They also eat flowers Albizia and other foliage plants, such as leaves of the genus Euphorbia. You can drink several times a day.


Tamaño del área de distribución (reproducción/residente): 774.000 km2

The Rosy-faced Lovebird They are endemic areas southwestern Africa. In Angola, where the range of Rosy-faced Lovebird It is little known, The species is found in the region Sumba (perhaps further north) to the south, in parallel to the shore area through Namibia north of Cape, South Africa, extending from the east to the north. In Namibia to Lago Me, Botswana, Although there are no recent records of the species there.

A sighting 1992 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, suggests little known eastern limits or nomadic behavior.

The main population Rosy-faced Lovebird It is within 400 km of Atlantic coastline. Records in the ancient province of Transvaal They are considered leaks. There is a wild population in the sector Fish Hoek of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa.

Subspecies description:
  • Agapornis roseicollis catumbella (Hall,BP 1952) – Southwest Angola, with a population in the wild Kissama National Park Northwest of Angola.
  • Agapornis roseicollis roseicollis (Vieillot, 1818) – The species nominal

ÔÇó Current red list of UICN: Least concern

ÔÇó Population trend: Decreasing

The size of the world population Rosy-faced Lovebird It has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally common or even abundant near areas where water is plentiful.

However it is suspected that the population of the Rosy-faced Lovebird can be in decline due to unsustainable levels of exploitation.

There has been a historic decline due to the capture and export of thousands of birds from Angola, This has contributed, to a large extent, a significant reduction in the population Rosy-faced Lovebird in the south of the country.

In captivity:

The small Rosy-faced Lovebird It is a brilliant bird, Alegre, Robust and gregarious. It is one of the most common parrots in captivity, along with the Budgerigar and the Cockatiel, because of its ease of maintenance and reproduction.

Birds are considered easy, ideal for people who want to start raising small parrots. The Rosy-faced Lovebird They can live in a large aviary cage outdoors, including winter. However, They will have to be a haven for frost in the refuge when it is too cold outside.

Are active birds they like to fly. If they have to live in a cage, this will have to be wide and longer than high (birds are not helicopters). Ideally, the bird can time out of its cage in order to be able to fly longer distances.

Contrary to popular belief, the Agapornis well they can live without a partner why sellers try to sell the two, It is a purely financial maneuver. A Agapornis only, will not die.

In the same way, when we say that a Agapornis He will die of sadness when you lose your partner, It is once again a commercial argument. The bird can pass through a period of mourning during which try to call your partner / yy shouts, even more so when the other members of the aviary belong to another species.

All parrots are aves gregarias and they depend on the group to survive. A widow bird accept another partner, previous adaptation before sharing the same cage. It is possible however, two birds never understand (which it is rare, with the Agapornis).
To end this belief, the “couples” of Agapornis They not necessarily have to be of the opposite sex. Homosexual couples are common among Agapornis.

His behavior with birds of their own species is quite good or very good, It is not the same for their behavior with other species: the Rosy-faced Lovebird are restless and vengeful birds. Coexistence with other species is strongly discouraged by the vast majority of poultry farmers: the peak of a lovebird can easily cut your finger or injure another bird, smaller and more peaceful.

In general, the Rosy-faced Lovebird they are birds, relatively, easy to educate, provided that taken from young. Son tame birds, loving, playful, sleepers, large pet birds. The bite related to its small peak is still very painful, especially in the soft fingers of children.

It is permissible to say that males are better pet birds females. The breeding females are often within their hormonal period, making them very territorial. A sweet female domesticated before sexual maturity can be very aggressive to the point of not being manipulated when in hormonal period. Once again, this does not affect all birds, because there are always exceptions.

In general, to the Agapornis, They are not considered good speakers.

Not recommended for people with incompatible squeals.

No sexual dimorphism in this species. The only way to know the sex of the bird is to conduct a DNA test on a sample or a pen clo.

It is not known much about the longevity of the Rosy-faced Lovebird. According to some sources They can live up to 34.1 years in captivity, It is plausible, but it has not been confirmed. Age of sexual maturity of 2 months to almost a year.

Due to the depletion of stocks, in poultry in the early 20th century, It will be started hybridize with other species, but thanks to some breeders are you has been able to preserve in its pure State.

Agapornis roseicollis Mutations
Alternative names:

- Rosy-faced Lovebird, Peach-faced Lovebird, Rosy faced Lovebird, Rosyfaced Lovebird (ingl├ęs).
- Ins├ęparable rosegorge, Ins├ęparable ├á face rose, Ins├ęparable roseicollis (franc├ęs).
- Rosenk├Âpfchen, Rosenpapagei (alem├ín).
- Insepar├ível-de-faces-rosadas (portugu├ęs).
- Inseparable de Cuello Rojo, Inseparable de Namibia, Agapornis Roseicollis, Inseparable de Cara Melocot├│n (espa├▒ol).

Scientific classification:

- Orden: Psittaciformes
- Familia: Psittaculidae
- Genus: Agapornis
- Nombre cient├şfico: Agapornis roseicollis
- Citation: (Vieillot, 1818)
- Prot├│nimo: Psittacus roseicollis

Rosy-faced Lovebird images:


Rosy-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis)


– Parrots of the World ÔÇô Forshaw Joseph M
– Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr


(1) – Peach-faced Lovebird in Namibia, Africa By Alastair Rae from London, United Kingdom (Rosy-faced Lovebird) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – Picture taken in the zoo of Wroc┼éaw (Poland) By Nicolas Gu├ęrin (messages) (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(3) – A pet chick By Toumoto your happiness ~ @ peach-faced Lovebird (-╬ś-)´╝Ü (Self-photographed) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(4) – Rosy-faced Lovebirds at Etosha National Park, Namibia By Brian Taylor from U.S.A (Rosy-faced Lovebirds) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(5) – Peach-faced Lovebirds (also known as the Rosy-faced Lovebird) eating seeds from a seed-block garden bird feeder in a garden in Scottsdale, Arizona, US By D. Patrick Lewis [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(6) – Mutation in roseicollis : opaline double dark factor By Roseicollis (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(7) – Turquoise mutation By Sergi Bio (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
(8) – Mutations in Agapornis roseicollis yellow machine-readable By No author provided. Ajit S.~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims). [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
(9) – Peach-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis). Pet on a perch. Shows blue rump feathers By Peter B├ęk├ęsi (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sounds: Andrew Spencer (Xeno-canto)

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Classification Agapornis roseicollis

  • Agapornis roseicollis
  • Subspecies:
  • Agapornis roseicollis catumbella
  • Agapornis roseicollis roseicollis
  • Rosy-faced Lovebird Video

    Phylogeny of the genus Agapornis

    Phylogeny of the genus Agapornis

    Phylogeny of the genus Agapornis based on genetic studies. The species with red line has not yet been located in the phylogeny, but it belongs to the genre.

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    Species of the genus Agapornis


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