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Lovebird by Cheryl Crowley

Lovebird, Fischer’s

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Description

Fischer’s Lovebirds have green backs, chests and wings. The neck is yellow, gradually darkening to orange on the back of the head. The very top of the head is an olive green; the beak is dark orange. The top of the tail has a few dark blue or purplish feathers. The Lovebird has a white eye ring. They are about 12-15 cm high (5-6 inches) with a wingspan of up to 9 cm (3.5 inches). They weigh about 58 grams (2 ounces). Males and females look very similar. Juveniles look like adults but have duller plumage; they will have adult coloration at one year of age.

Classification

Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittacidae
Genus
Agapornis
Species
A. fischeri
Conservation Status
Near Threatened

Social Life: Fischer’s Lovebirds live in small flocks. They mate for life; they are called “lovebirds” due to the strong pair bond between them. They like to be in close physical contact with each other; if separated the health of both birds declines. They like to socialize in flocks, flying high and foraging. They are very vocal, making loud high- pitched noises particularly as part of the mating ritual.

Habitat and Range: Fisher’s Lovebirds are native to a small area of East Central Africa, south of Lake Victoria. They live at higher elevations 1100-2200 meters (3600-7200 feet). They roost in clumps of trees in the grassy savanna.

Diet: Lovebirds eat a variety of foods, such as seeds, nuts and fruit. They drink a lot of water and need to be close to a water source.

Lifespan: Lovebirds can live to 25 years of age.

Predators: Lanner falcons and humans.

Reproduction: Breeding season is January-April and June-July. They nest in holes in trees. The female usually lays 4-5 eggs. The female incubates the eggs for about 23 days; the chicks fledge about 40 days after hatching. Both parents raise the chicks until they fledge.

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Description

Fischer’s Lovebirds have green backs, chests and wings. The neck is yellow, gradually darkening to orange on the back of the head. The very top of the head is an olive green; the beak is dark orange. The top of the tail has a few dark blue or purplish feathers. The Lovebird has a white eye ring. They are about 12-15 cm high (5-6 inches) with a wingspan of up to 9 cm (3.5 inches). They weigh about 58 grams (2 ounces). Males and females look very similar. Juveniles look like adults but have duller plumage; they will have adult coloration at one year of age.

Classification

Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittacidae
Genus
Agapornis
Species
A. fischeri
Conservation Status
Near Threatened

Social Life: Fischer’s Lovebirds live in small flocks. They mate for life; they are called “lovebirds” due to the strong pair bond between them. They like to be in close physical contact with each other; if separated the health of both birds declines. They like to socialize in flocks, flying high and foraging. They are very vocal, making loud high- pitched noises particularly as part of the mating ritual.

Habitat and Range: Fisher’s Lovebirds are native to a small area of East Central Africa, south of Lake Victoria. They live at higher elevations 1100-2200 meters (3600-7200 feet). They roost in clumps of trees in the grassy savanna.

Diet: Lovebirds eat a variety of foods, such as seeds, nuts and fruit. They drink a lot of water and need to be close to a water source.

Lifespan: Lovebirds can live to 25 years of age.

Predators: Lanner falcons and humans.

Reproduction: Breeding season is January-April and June-July. They nest in holes in trees. The female usually lays 4-5 eggs. The female incubates the eggs for about 23 days; the chicks fledge about 40 days after hatching. Both parents raise the chicks until they fledge.