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Rosy-faced Lovebird

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Rosy-faced Lovebird

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Rosy-faced Lovebird
Conservation status Least concern

 
 
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
 
Phylum: Chordata
 
Class: Aves
 
Order: Psittaciformes
 
Family: Psittacidae
 
Genus: Agapornis
 
Species: A. roseicollis
 
Binomial name
Agapornis roseicollis
(Vieillot, 1818)

The Rosy-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis), also known as the Peach-faced Lovebird, is a species of lovebird native to arid regions in southwestern Africa such as the Namib Desert. A loud and constant chirper, these birds are very social animals and often congregate in small groups in the wild. They eat throughout the day and take frequent baths. Coloration can vary widely among populations but females are generally darker and greener, whilst males are smaller and brighter. Lovebirds are reknowned for their sleep position in which they sit side-by-side and turn their faces in towards each other. Also, females are well noted to tear raw materials into long strips, "twisty-tie" them onto their backs, and fly distances back to make a nest.

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Peach-faced Lovebirds as Pets

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Housing

Lovebirds, being an active bunch, need some room to move in their cage. A cage approximately 24" W x 14" D x 30" H is a good size, but if you can afford it, the bigger the better. Make sure the bars are spaced no wider than 3/8" apart, otherwise your bird will be able to stick its head through the bars. Add a variety of perches, so your lovebird can excerise its feet to prevent arthritis. The perches should be at least 4" long and 1/2" in diameter. Also, a variety of different toys should be placed in the cage to prevent your bird from boredom and loneliness. Do not get your lovebird parakeet toys, because they can tear them apart easily. Try getting cockatiel toys that are more durable. Do not get toys with small bells, because your lovebird can get them stuck in its throat. Also, please, PLEASE don't put the food and water dishes under the perches, because droppings will contaminate them.

Feeding

Peachfaced lovebirds thrive when fed the proper diet. They should be fed a wide variety of active food, including vegetables, whole grains, and fruits. They are not to be fed dairy products, like chocolate and cheese. Carrots, beans, squash, and corn are excellent foods that provide healthy proteins. Grains should include millet, quinoa, winterwheat, and others. Except strawberries (which contain trace amounts of carcinogenic pesticides) feed lovebirds a rare treat of fresh fruit. Many are attuned to the taste of grapes. These birds also eat various seeds, pellets, and pastas. While seeds and pellets are easy to give to birds, they are not part of their natural diet and should be used in conjunction with vegetables. Good seed and pellet mixes include a large array of different seed types. Be sure to change any perishable food within a few hours of placing it in their housing or at the maximum within one day.

References

  • BirdLife International (2004). Agapornis roseicollis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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