Love Birds

 

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Range: Africa & Madagascar

Habitat: Dense Tropical Forests to arid grasslands, the habitat of the wild Love Bird varies widely based on the geographical location of the species.

Natural Diet: Seed and fruit. 

Diet at Rain Forest: Fresh fruits and vegetables supplemented various seeds 

Size: Males and females are virtually identical in size, they both are approximately 4-6 inches tall. 

 

RainForest Facts

Lovebirds are extremely gregarious birds, simply put that means they may live in very large flocks in the wild.

Lovebirds in the wild may lay as many as eight eggs per clutch, in captivity the number is generally around 4-5 eggs.  This species, like many others, is a "cavity nesting" bird.  They can be very opportunistic in finding hollow cavities in dead or dying trees. 

Over two centuries ago love birds were first described by early explorers to Africa and Madagascar.  Early explorers tended to lump all of the love birds into one big family, further study reveals several species of the family Agapronis. 

Quickly gaining popularity among bird keepers, this species proved to be quite capable of adjusting to captivity and as a result they spread fairly rapidly to zoos all over the world by the early 1900's.   It was not long after that the newly formed pet industry discovered this species and has been successful in producing countless generations of these wonderful little parrots. 

Many color varieties have been developed over the years with the lutino color being one of the most vibrant. 

RainForest is home to several color varieties of this species including Black Mask, Peach Faced, and Lutino

 

 

 This charming young lady is showing just how friendly love birds can be.  The adult on her shoulder is a peach face love bird. 

   
The Black Masked lovebird is a handsome creature.
   
Orange face Lovebirds preening each other. 

It is easy to see how these loveable birds acquired their name.