Different Varieties of African Lovebird

Originating from the big continent of Africa, the popular African lovebird has spread all over the world. Generally, there are nine lovebird species, eight of which came from mainland Africa and one from Madagascar. Lovebirds are small but attractive feathered creatures. They have mesmerized the interest and attention of man from the nineteenth century.

African lovebirds are these flabby birds of wonderful colors and small rounded tails. The African lovebird naturally is sociable and noisy. Experts say that its noise is a sign of their happiness and satisfaction. These bird species are intellectual and are more comfortable with a pair. They don’t normally thrive in colonies because they tend to clash with one another once they are not able to access adequate space.

The common genus of the multi-colored African lovebird comprises the masked lovebird, Fischer’s lovebird and the infamous peachfaced lovebird. Meanwhile, the rare species are the Nyasa, black-cheeked, Abyssinian, black-collared, red-faced and the Madagascar.

The peachfaced species are frequent in captivity and a very popular African lovebird species. They are aggressive and noisy, that is why an owner has to have lots of efforts to do when keeping them in a cage. They have the capacity to breed generously and are best both for beginners and expert breeders to have. They have been the biggest of the lovebird species, weighing at 50 grams or so. Peachfaced lovebirds usually exhibit beautiful array of colors.

The peachfaced is an African lovebird that is both cheerful and curious. Then, masked lovebirds that carry a green mask are the wild varieties while the blue masked is known as cobalt. Another common species are the Fischer’s lovebirds usually in blue and green colors. As with the atypical varieties, the Nyasa species are characteristically identified with their green color with their lutino mutation. The black-cheeked group includes the blue diversity.

Among the African lovebird species, the Madagascar lovebirds did not originate from mainland Africa. Commonly known as Maddies, they are the tiniest of the lovebird species, weighing only up to thirty five grams in average. They have tiny beaks and consume canary or finch seeds more than sunflower and safflower combinations. Then, the Abyssinian lovebirds are not really very rare and that they are not also preferred as pets. Finally, the black-collared lovebirds are distinct with their timid behavior which you may not find desirable for a pet.


Source by Elise Gonzalez

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