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Fischer’s Lovebird

 (Agapornis fischeri)
 
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Fischer's Lovebird
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Did You Know?

The most common mistake made with keeping lovebirds is to try to house them with other species of parrots. Lovebirds are small but they make up for their lack of size by being quarrelsome and very bold.

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Species Profile

Genus: Agapornis | Species: fischeri

Size:

15cm (5.8 in)

Weight:

42-58g (1.5-2 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults orange/red face; dull olive/green for rest of head; yellow upper breast and neck; dull blue upper tail coverts; green tail, the side feathers black at base with orange/yellow border and black band near tip. Bill red. Eye brown.

Colour Juvenile:

In general duller than adults. Upper mandible black at base.

Call:

Calls are high pitched and twittering. Also whistling with sharp or melodious notes. Some calls shrill and harsh.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

AvianWeb
Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
African Lovebird Society
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
ML Media Collection Catalogue 17967, Fischer's Lovebird Agapornis fischeri, Parker, Theodore A., III, Tanzania, Feb. 25 1980, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.

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Fischer's Lovebird
© Dmitry Pichugin | License: Dreamstime.com

Did You Know?

The most common mistake made with keeping lovebirds is to try to house them with other species of parrots. Lovebirds are small but they make up for their lack of size by being quarrelsome and very bold.

Academic Research

Related publications: Agapornis fischeri

Species Care

Captive Status:

Common

Longevity:

15-20yrs

Housing:

Aviary or suspended cage, indoors if in cold weather, minimum length 1.2m (4 ft).

Diet:

Small seed mix such as: canary, millet and oats with a small amount of hemp; fruit such as: apple, pear, banana; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; willow catkins; spray millet; rearing food (for young) consisting of: hardboiled egg, wholegrain bread, low fat cheese and carrot, ground to crumbly consistency; complete pellet if taken.

Enrichment:

Enjoys climbing, provide play gym if possible with swings, ladders and ropes, puzzle and foraging toys. Enjoys bathing.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 6" x 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm x 15cm).

Clutch Size:

4-6

Incubation Time:

23 days

Fledging Age:

6 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Fischer's Lovebird
© Dmitry Pichugin | License: Dreamstime.com

Did You Know?

The most common mistake made with keeping lovebirds is to try to house them with other species of parrots. Lovebirds are small but they make up for their lack of size by being quarrelsome and very bold.

Academic Research

Related publications: Agapornis fischeri

Species Wild Status

World Population:

290,205-1,002,210 individuals.

IUCN Red List Status:

Near Threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Since the 1970s there has been a major population decline due to trapping for the wild bird trade. Hybridisation with A. personatus may be of concern.

Range:

Found in NC Tanzania, reaching E Rwanda and Burundi as occasional visitor. Introduced to Tanga and Dar es Salaam, coastal Tanzania and at Mombasa, Nairobi, Athi River, Naivasha, and Isiolo, Kenya.

Habitat:

Occurs from 1100 to 2200m (3608-7216 ft) in wooded grasslands with Acacia and Commiphora trees and in more open grasslands with Adansonia. Also in agricultural areas. Seen in savanna with Acacia sp. and ground plants including Penisetum, Digitaria, Themeda and Eustachys grasses. Found in riverine woodland during dry season.

Wild Diet:

Eats grass seeds, millet and maize; as well seeds of Acacia, some weed species, fallen berries and fruits of Ficus, Rhus villosa and Commiphora.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found often near water in small groups outside the breeding season. Where food abundant will gather in more substantial flocks. Roosts in nest of Rufous-tailed Weaver.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4-6 rounded eggs, 23.5 x 17.0mm (0.9 x 0.7 in)

Breeding Season:

January-July

Related Links:

Arkive

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Fischer's Lovebird
© Dmitry Pichugin | License: Dreamstime.com

Did You Know?

The most common mistake made with keeping lovebirds is to try to house them with other species of parrots. Lovebirds are small but they make up for their lack of size by being quarrelsome and very bold.

Academic Research

Related publications: Agapornis fischeri

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