Fischer's Lovebird

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Common Name: Fischer’s Lovebird

Scientific Name: Agapornis fischeri

Size: 6 inches (15cm)

Habitat: Africa; North-Northwestern Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe and Kenya. Lives in wooded grasslands with acacia or commiphora; also in more open grassland with adansonia & cultivation; Commonest in acacia tortilis savanna.

Status: Near threatened. Global Population: 290,000 - 1,002,000 Mature individuals. There has been a major population decline since the 1970s owing principally to widespread trapping for the wild bird trade and poisoning in farmed areas. Export for this bird became illegal in 1992.

Diet: Fruit and nuts.

Breeding: Male and female look alike. They breed from January to April and June to July. Nesting takes place in tree cavities where 3 to 8 eggs are incubated for 23 days. Chicks fledge 38 days.

Cool Facts: This is one of the smallest lovebirds. Often seen feeding on the ground in small to large flocks. They are extremely noisy and gregarious. They found descend in farmed areas to eat millet and maize and are considered a pest to farmers.

The Fischer’s Lovebird occasionally color mutates. Blue is the most common variant. The Blue version has a pale pink beak, bright blue back, tail, and chest, with a white neck and a pale grey head.

Found in Songbird ReMix Africa

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