African lovebirds are the most dearly
looking small parrots with bright and beautiful color combinations and short
tail. Many kinds
of African Lovebirds are available in Pakistan and are being bred locally
They are very good as tame birds is
kept as a single bird, but a couple may cause troubles.
I feel that whenever a visitor
comes to see the birds, he finds the lovebirds more attractive due to sharp colors.
Lovebirds or Agapornis refer to a
family of nine known species:
Nayasa Lovebirds(Agapornis lilianae)
Red faced Lovebirds(Agapornis
Madagascar Lovebirds(Agapornis cana)
A detailed information on lovebirds can
be seen of African
Lovebird Soci Website
Fischer are green colored lovebirds with blue or violet rump and a few tail
feathers. They have a bright red bill , and gray feet. The forehead is orange
with slightly paler shade on the cheeks and
love to make nest out of anything they thing in the cage so plenty of nest
building material should be supplied at the start of the breeding season.
lovebirds are called so as they have a mask of black feathers on their head.
They have a ring around the eyes too. The normal Masked lovebird has green
colored body except for the mask, red bill and grayish feet. A yellow collar around
the chest and back that is wider on the chest and narrower on the
back. There are
many mutations including blue, cobalt, mauve, olive etc. Blue has a slightly
pinkish bill instead of red.
faced lovebirds have bright green color and fresh blue rump. T
lovebirds also love to build a nest before settling down but do not carry the
grass in the beaks but instead carry them under the wings.
are many mutations known of these lovebirds. More information can be gathered
from the website of African
are dimorphic as the males have red colored forehead and some red coloring
around the eyes too. But the female lacks the red coloration on the forehead or around
cheeks love birds are smaller then the other kinds of lovebirds, They have black
cheeks and green body color with shades of olive on back of the head. The
bill is red and feet are grey. This kind of lovebirds is considered as
have a green body with red bill and white ringed eyes and look like Peachfaced
or Fischer's lovebirds.
are dimorphic too, male having a grey mask, just like the black mask in masked
lovebirds. The bill is light colored and feet are light grey. The female, on the
other hand, is completely green.
Lovebirds cannot be distinguished as male and female with just a look
(except for Abyssinian, Madagascar and red faced love bird which are dimorphic) but
I have observed some differences that usually give me correct results.
The head of male is flat on the top and slightly bigger then the
females while the females have slightly heavy body then the males.
The females have a little bit of a bigger size of feet as if swollen as
compared to the males who have thinner feet and sits on perches with slightly
more distance between the legs.
The Pelvic bone opening some times proves to be very misleading as
Some aviculturists have this point of view that the LBs breed well in separate
cages as pairs instead of colony. Well there is positive and negative side to
In colony breeding the advantage is that they consume lesser space and more
breed . Colony breeding needs less maintenance time. The disadvantage is this
system is that if your are breeding for mutations then it is much difficult to
keep the males confined to their own females only. Another problem is the aggressive
behavior of non-breeding pairs or aggressive pairs towards new chicks that come
out of nest for first time.
In separate cage, pair breeding system, mutations are easily developed as you
can keep track of parenting and offsprings without any confusion. The main
problem with this system is the space consumed and too much time required to
take good care of each pair separately.
Changing weathers and rate of humidity is also a very important aspect in
case you want to get the best result out of your pairs.
The hens lay 4 to 6 egg in a clutch and incubate for 19 to 21 days approx.
The eggs may be unfertile if the hens are in stress in some way but in average
colony breeding, you may get one unfertile egg from each pair in each clutch. In
case of changing weather, like unexpectedly high or low temperatures that are
not normal to the season or below or above average level of humidity may cause
the chicks to die in the egg shells without hatching so you have to take really
good care of your lovies if you don't want any of such problems in your way.
Lovebirds love to make nests so do provide them some
dry and fresh grass that is suitable for making a nest.
Lovebirds cannot be awarded as best parents but neither they are worse
parents. They are average parents in sense of taking care of the babies.
Baby lovebirds also have a great effect of weather and other
changes on their health. Don't forget to band the babies in about 2 weeks. The
chicks have black on their beaks which clears off very soon.
If your lovebirds are not getting settled then the best way to
colonize them is to let all the babies grow together in a colony which gives
them a habit of being more friendlier to their neighbors. If the diet of the
babies is just according to their requirement, they show an excellent physique
and beautiful colors even when young.
Lovebirds like to eat seed mix and it
is the most suitable diet for them but th
My Lovebirds like diced sugar cane and soaked bean
sprouts and chick peas too.
Lovebirds are very sensitive to their surroundings. Cleanliness
is a must for them as they easily get attacked by germs and diseases.
Fruits, vegetables and soaked beans should be removed from the
cage after maximum of 2 to 3 hours. As long as these will stay inside the cage,
bacteria will keep of dividing into more and more so do take care of
Water should be changed every day and
the water dish should be washed and cleaned properly everyday.
Spray them with dettol frequently and treat them with worms.
Vitamins and calcium should be a constant supply for them and for love birds
especially, never, never, never introduce a new bird in the colony unless you
have kept it in quarantine for at least two weeks.
Wash the new bird with dettol before including it in colony and
treat it for worms too.