The Fischer’s Lovebird (Agapornis fischeri) is a small parrot from Lake Victoria in northern Tanzania, Africa. However, it has been exported around the world and is a popular pet.
The Fischer’s Lovebird has short feathers with a green back, chest, and wings. Its neck is golden yellow to darker orange, and the top of its head is olive green. In the wild Fischer’s Lovebirds are green, but as a pet, several colour variations have been bred, such as yellow and blue.
Its beak is bright red, with a white line separating the beak from the forehead. The upper surface of its tail has some purple or blue feathers. It has a white circle of bare skin around its eyes, which is called an eye-ring.
The Fischer’s Lovebird is one of the smaller lovebirds in the world, growing to about 14 centimetres (5.5 inches).
Fischer’s Lovebirds live at elevations of 1,100-2,200 metres. They live in small flocks. They eat fruit and seeds, so they like to be near trees.
Fischer’s Lovebird fly fast. When they fly, people can hear the sound of their wings.
Their nest is in a hole in a tree. Females lay 3-8 white eggs, which hatch over about 23 days. The chicks are born without feathers. This is called altricial. The chicks grow feathers and can fly after 38–42 days.
Lovebirds are intelligent and inquisitive birds.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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