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LOVEBIRDS - belong to the genus Agapornis. Agapornis = Agape + Ornis, the Greek words for Love + Bird = Lovebird.Lovebirds can be classified as aggressive birds to other birds as well as their own species.  

Lovebirds were so named because of the way they snuggle together on a branch or perch often preening each other. I have provided a brief text on each of the lovebirds commonly raised in Australia.


PEACH-FACED LOVEBIRD: (Agapornis Roseicollis)

They originate from South & S.W. Africa and are approximately 15cm

The Peach Face is probable the most common of the Lovebirds.  They  are good birds for the beginner breeder.  I started with Violet Masked lovebirds and found them to be delightful. So perhaps it is a bit subjective.

Hand raised birds can make good pets or companion birds.  They are generally not too noisy.  They do not make good talkers. The peach faced Lovebird is NOT Suitable for Colony Breeding!


COLOURING:

The peach face is mainly apple-green in colour with yellow-green under and rose coloured forehead. The rump is a sky blue. The beak is yellow in colour.

Some of the more common species come in colours such as Lutino, blue, olive, cobalt, cinnamon, pied and the list is increasing as breeders enjoy the challenge.



SEXING:

The great debate. They are very difficult to sex as both sexes look virtually the same. The pelvic bone can help to tell them apart when in "breeding condition". The hens may appear to have a wider pelvic bone area. This is not always a 100% way of telling them apart. It has been said that if you compare the tail feathers the female's tail feathers "appear" to be all the same length. You would really have to catch and examine them to be sure, then have a known cockbird to compare.The cockbird's tail can have a longer tail feather in the middle of its tail.

As in a lot of other breeds the heads can, if you study them carefully, appear slightly different. The hen's head is slightly smaller when you see them together. The cockbird appears to have a more solid, bigger head than the hen.

I suggest DNA is the sure way to determine sex saves all the guessing.


DIET:

I feed all my lovebirds on a pellet based died but also feed them apple, corn, sprouted seed and an assortment of greens. However not all birdkeepers are comfortable with a pellet based diet. So I have included traditional diet below.

They are very similar to Cockatiels to feed. They thrive on small parakeet mix and (love)millet sprays. Cuttlefish, Iodine blocks (the pink ones). I also have  clay /grit blocks available at all times. Fruit and Veg is a must to keep them healthy and provide vitamins and minerals. They love apples, broccoli, cabbage, kale, carrots, parsley, and spinach....Full Lovebird Article