Birds look great when they fly in the open sky isn’t it? But suppose you could keep some of them as pets, then how would you feel? The feeling would be simply wonderful. Caging birds do not mean that all its freedom is lost; rather the pet birds can still get a lot of freedom if you truly take the initiative of providing so.
A healthy atmosphere with lots of love is all that every species of bird demands. The lovebirds are just not an exception. In this article, we will try to get a better knowledge of these species.
Lovebirds are generally available in nine species. But only few of them can be kept as pets. According to a well-known study it was found out that there are only eight recognized species of lovebirds and most of them have different domestic mutations or geographical races. The color variations of these species are also noticeably significant.
First and foremost, let’s consider the species called Peach Faced lovebirds. They are often referred to as Rosy-faced Lovebird. Their scientific name is Agapornis roseicollis.
Other species are Fischer’s, and masked lovebirds. Quite often Abyssinian lovebirds or black-cheeked lovebirds are kept as pets. Most of the lovebirds that can be kept as pets usually have a longer lifespan. However, this lifespan can vary significantly based on their care, general environment and diet. The normal lifespan of the lovebirds ranges between 10-15 years. There are also some lovebirds that even have a lifespan of 20 years.
As far as breeding is concerned, the masked, Peach Faced & Fischer’s are quite readily available. Abyssinian and Black-Cheeked lovebirds are also found for breeding but they are usually much more costly and cannot be located so easily. Madagascar and Nyasa lovebirds cannot be found easily in United States as well as in Europe. Red-faced lovebirds are also rare in both United States as well as in Europe.
A red-faced lovebird is much more delicate and needs more care than most other species. It is basically a peaceful and quiet bird. You can keep them in less noisy colonies. However, the breeding habits of the red-faced lovebirds is little different than most other species. Moreover, they are also considered to be a group of ‘difficult captive breeder’. The natural habitat of this bird is within burrows of termite mounds. When it’s in a captive condition, it would occasionally use any general lovebird nest box. While rearing species, the red-faced lovebirds would take a lot of mealworms.
Another species of lovebird is popularly known as the ‘eye-ring species’. In the forest areas, these species usually stay in close proximity to each other. However, they also remain distinct genetically from each other. In Africa, there are some natural barriers like mountains, lakes and jungles that keep them separate from one another and also prevents hybridization from taking place in the natural; setting.
Lovebirds like Fischer’s, Nyasa, Black-Cheeked, and masked species fall under this category. They are known as ‘eye-ring’ species due to the presence of a prominent white colored periophthalmic ring surrounding their eyes. There is also another group of non eye-ring species that are sometimes referred to as a primitive group.
As we have seen here that so many different species of lovebirds are available, now it’s your decision to choose the one that you like the best. However, whichever bird you choose to keep as your pet, make sure to give it the best possible care.