Breeding Lovebirds (Part One)

Lovebirds are especially lovely parrots. There are nine species of birds, eight from Africa and one from Madagascar:

  • Madagascar lover
  • Abyssinian lover
  • Little red-headed sweetheart
  • Peach-faced sweetheart
  • A lovebird in disguise
  • Fischer’s lover
  • Lilian’s lover
  • Black love cheek

It is the long monogamous relationships these birds have that gave rise to the name lovebirds.

Their exact scientific classification is as follows:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Subfamily: Psittacinae
  • Tribe: Psittaculini
  • Genus: Agapornis

It is difficult to describe the color of lovers because they are bred in various colors, but basically they are mainly green with different colors on the upper body. They are really small birds, reaching a height of seventeen centimeters and a weight of sixty grams; Along with budgies, they are among the smallest parrots. They live an average of fifteen years.

In this three-part series, we look at what goes into raising these lovers.

Caring for parrots takes on a higher level of involvement when you decide to start breeding. They must be very healthy grains, with a special diet and kept in very clean conditions. Among all these factors, the most important is nutrition, which is important not only for fertility, but also for keeping young people very healthy.

The first step in raising lovebirds is to get a male and a female, which is not an easy task as these birds are sexually dimorphic and require scientific sex to distinguish the male from the female. In the next article we will discuss what special steps owners should take to achieve successful breeding.

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