Sexually Dimorphic Group Lovebirds


Sexually Dimorphic Group Lovebirds

Sexually Dimorphic Group Lovebirds

Red-faced Lovebird - Agapornis pullaria (Linnaeus) 1758 

This species has a wide distribution in the wild, occurring especially in regions of grasslands broken with trees. Large numbers may congregate to feed on cultivated crops; but smaller flocks, numbering up to about twenty individuals, are more commonly seen. They feed at ground level on grass seeds and rarely allow a close approach, flying off at the slightest hint of danger. Their nesting habits are unusual, in that they excavate breeding chambers in the mounds of termites, located as high as 12 meters up in trees, and co-exist quite happily alongside insects.


The only mutation reported in the case of the Red-faced Lovebird is a Lutino form, where green plumage is replaced by yellow, as melanin is lost; for this reason, the eyes are also red.

Madagascar Lovebird -Agapornis cana (gmelin) 1788

Synonyms : Lavender-headed Lovebird; Gray-headed Lovebird

These lovebirds are common in Malagasy, frequenting the edges of woodland, and venturing out to feed on grass seeds and drying rice around areas of cultivation. Although generally shy and retiring by nature, exceptions are known. In recent years, hens have proved much harder to obtain than cocks, which has hampered breeding attempts.

Madagascar Lovebirds seem prone to breathing difficulties resulting from air-sac mites, which actually live in the airways. These parasites can be eliminated by means of dichlorvos preparation, usually in the form of a strip more commonly used for killing flies, which is hung in the room where the birds are housed.


No mutation of this species has yet been recorded.

Abyssinian Lovebird - Agapornis taranta (Stanley) 1814

Synonym: Black-winged Lovebird

Abyssinian Lovebirds are birds of the highlands, reflected by their larger size, and range up to altitudes of about 3000 meters. when breeding, Abyssinian hens use little nesting material, apart from their own feathers and, in some cases, may completely denude their breast for this purpose.

Abyssinian Lovebirds have never been very common in collections and currently, cocks seem especially scarce. chicks were first reared successfully in Germany during 1924, followed by other breeding in Britain and France.


A Cinnamon form has been reported, in which the flight feathers only are brown. The secondary flight feathers and underwing coverts remain black, with the body coloration overall slightly lighter than normal.


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