Lovebirds

 

Lovebirds

Lovebirds

The keeping and breeding of lovebirds has become increasingly popular over recent years, being reflected in the large range of mutations and color forms, second only in number to those of the budgerigar.

The natural distribution of this genus of small, square-tailed, parrots ranges across much of the African continent and some off-shore islands. In some areas they reach plague proportions and huge numbers, perhaps thirty thousand birds, are destroyed annually in these regions.

Nine separate species are recognized by most taxonomists. One species is virtually unknown both in the wild and collections while others, such as the Red-faced, present a breeding challenge even for the experienced aviculturist.

The Peach-faced Lovebird is currently the most popular member of the group and, usually being ready to nest, forms an ideal introduction to the group for the novice lovebird breeder.

 


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