Fisher’s lovebirds are all about sight.
|Fisher's lovebird||Agapornis fischeri|
The species was named after the German doctor and explorer of Africa, Gustav Adolf Fischer.
Small parakeets with a body length of not more than 15 cm and weighing up to 58 g. The main color of the plumage of the body is green, the head is red-orange in color, turning yellow on the chest. The blue tail is blue. The beak is massive, red, there is a light wax. The perorbital ring is white and bare. Paws are bluish-gray, brown eyes. Sexual dimorphism is not peculiar, it is impossible to distinguish between male and female in color. Typically, females have a large head with a massive beak at the base. Females are larger than males in size.
Life expectancy in captivity and with proper care can reach 20 years.
Habitat and life in nature
The species was first described in 1800. The size of the modern population ranges from 290,000 - 1,000,000 individuals. The species is not threatened with extinction.
Fisher’s lovebirds inhabit northern Tanzania near Lake Victoria and east-central Africa. They prefer to settle in the savannahs, eating mainly seeds of wild cereals, fruits of acacia and other plants. Crops such as corn and millet are sometimes harmful. Outside the nesting period, they live in small flocks.
The nesting period in nature begins from January to April and in June - July.They nest in hollow trees and hollows at an altitude of 2 to 15 meters, most often in colonies. The nesting floor is covered with grass, bark. The female wears nesting material, inserting it between the feathers on the back. In clutch usually 3 - 8 eggs of white color. Only the female incubates them, the male at this time feeds her. The incubation period is 22 to 24 days. Chicks are born helpless, covered in fluff. At the age of 35 - 38 days, the chicks are ready to leave the nest, but their parents feed them for some more time.
Masked lovebird hybrids are known in nature.