Peach-faced Lovebird

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Common Name: Peach-faced Lovebird
Scientific Name: Agapornis roseicollis

Size: 6 inches (15 cm)

Habitat: Africa; Northwest corner of South Africa, through the western half of Namibia, and into the southwest corner of Angola. Deserts, woodlands, and poorly wooded areas, as long as the few trees are located near water.

Status:  : Least Concern. Global Population: Unknown.

Diet: Seeds, especially from Albizia and Acacia, also flowers and some insects. In captivity, millet is amongst it’s favorites.

Breeding: Seasonal breeding in the wild and year-round in captivity. 4 to 6 eggs are laid in one season

Cool Facts: The peach-faced lovebird is the most popular lovebird in the pet trade, living 15 to 25 years.

Females are dominant and males must wait for the females’ approval by assuming a fluffed position before approaching. M. Rowan in his 1983 work, “The Doves, Parrots, Louries and Cuckoos of Southern Africa” described the courtship: “Males feed their mates during courtship. Because feeding is an important component of the interaction between mates, males use head bobbing, similar to the movement used in feeding, to attract females. Scratching is also used during courtship. A male will position himself near a female and scratch her head, especially the area around the beak and the beak itself. When a male is trying to approach a female, he creeps towards her in a sideways fashion known as sidling. If she appears aggressive, he tries to approach from the other side in a process known as switch sidling; however, if she seems receptive he continues sidling toward her”.

Being a very social bird, in the wild, it tends to move around in flocks of typically 5 and 20 birds. At times, when seeds ripen in their natural environment, groups of about 100 are not uncommon.

Found in Songbird ReMix Pet Shop Pet Shop

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