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9 SPECIES OF LOVEBIRDS

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9 SPECIES OF LOVEBIRDS

Post by Dammam on Mon Mar 23, 2009 3:29 pm

All lovebirds belong to the genus Agapornis the name is part of a scientific name.

The scientific name is along side the common name of the lovebird for example Swindern's Lovebird Agapornis swinderniana, Swindern's is the common name Agapornis swinderniana is the scientific name.

Scientific names are important as the common name for each animal will vary from country to country, having the scientific

Madagascar Lovebird Agapornis cana
Sometimes called the gray-headed lovebird, This species is found on the island of Madagascar( Malagasy Republic). It has also been introduced to some other Indian Ocean islands. The cock has a dark green back and wings, a light belly, and the head and chest are whitish gray. The beak, legs, and feet are light gray and there are black markings on the tail. The iris is brown. The female is easily distinguished from the cock as she lacks the gray patch on her forehead. These lovebirds are rarely seen in captivity as there are export restrictions from their native country.

Red-Faced Lovebird Agapornis pullaria
This species is found in equatorial Africa, ranging from Sierra Leone to Lake Albert in Uganda. In the west of it's range it extends down as far as northern Angola. The cock has a bright green body, verging into yellowish on the underparts. The forehead and face are bright orange-red and there are black flight feathers. The rump is blue and there are small amounts of red, yellow and black in the tail feathers. The beak is red , the feet and legs are gray and the eyes are brown. The hen is similar in color but paler.

Abyssinian Lovebird Agapornis taranta
Another name for this species is the Black-winged Lovebird. It is found in central and eastern Ethiopia and southern Eritrea, where it inhabits quite high altitudes. The cock is mainly green, with a bright red forehead, which extends into a narrow ring around the eyes. The flight feathers are sooty black and there is a black bar on the tail. The beak is red, the legs and feet are gray. The hen is green all over, darker on the back lacking the red and black markings of the cock. They are occasionally available on the market, but are one of the most difficult species to breed.

Swindern's Lovebird Agapornis swinderniana
One of the rarest lovebird, This species is rarely seen in captivity. There are three subspecies known which occur in Liberia, the Camaroons and Zaire. The sexes are similarly marked; mainly green with a characteristic half collar at the nape. The chest is orange-yellow, merging into yellow on the bell. The rump and tail have blue and red markings. The beak, feet and legs are gray, the iris yellow.

Peach-faced Lovebird Agapornis roseicollis
These are the most widely kept of the lovebirds and are breed in large numbers not surprisingly, several mutations have become established including Pastel blue, yellow, Lutino and Pied. The normal cock and hen are similar in color, except that the hen may be a bit paler. The body is olive green, lighter on the belly. The head, throat and breasts are a bright peach pink. The flight feathers are black and there are red, blue, and black markings in the green tail feathers.

Nyasa Lovebird Agapornis lilianae
This, and the remaining species all possess a ring of feather free, white skin around each eye, giving rise to the term the white eye-ringed group. The Nyasa Lovebird is found in parts of Zambia Malawai and Rhodesia. The sexes are similar in appearance. The back and wings are dark green, the underside lighter with a yellowish tinge. The head, neck and breast are a bright orange-red more vivid on the head, merging into yellowish on the breast. The beak is red, the feet and legs gray and the irises brown. Hens are said to be darker in color than the cocks

Black-checked Lovebird Agapornis nigrigenis
Found only in a small area of Zaire, this species was extremely popular with aviculturists during the 1920's when large numbers were captured. The sexes are similar in color, the back is dark green, the underparts greenish yellow. The forehead and crown are reddish brown, merging into black on the checks. There is a band of orange on the upper breast and the nape. The beak is red, the feet and legs grayish and the irises are brown. Not common in captivity but breeds readily.

Fischer's Lovebird Agapornis fischeri
This species comes from northwestern Tanzania, south of Lake Victoria. The sexes are similar in appearance, basically green, with light green on the underparts. The forehead, cheeks and throat are bright orange, merging into yellowish orange on the breast and nape of neck. The rump is blue and there are blue, orange, and black markings on the tail. The beak is red, the feet and legs gray. The irises are brown. This species is fairly common, breeds readily, and a number of color mutations have been developed.

Masked Lovebird Agapornis personata
Found in Tanzania, but is in the northeast, this species does not overlap the range of the preceding species. The sexes are similar in appearance. The head is a dark sooty brown. The wings are a dark green, the underside is lighter. The breast and the nape of the neck are yellowish and the flight feathers are black. The rump is a grayish blue. The beak is red, the legs and feet gray. This species is fairly often seen in captivity
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Post by lutinoman on Mon Mar 23, 2009 3:47 pm

galing mo talaga bro Jerry
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Post by Dammam on Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:46 pm

lutinoman wrote:galing mo talaga bro Jerry

Maraming salamat Bro! Magaling ka rin naman eh (mambola, hehehe)
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Post by .bygafricans. on Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:03 pm

Thanks for sharing!
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Post by acruz on Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:18 pm

ninong jerry... baka meron pong pic... para makatulong sa aming mga newbie po... Smile
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Post by .bygafricans. on Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:11 pm

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Post by Dammam on Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:31 pm

acruz wrote:ninong jerry... baka meron pong pic... para makatulong sa aming mga newbie po... Smile

Sir Allan, hindi ko nilagyan ng pics dahil baka magalit sa akin si bestfriend dahil ang hahaba ng aking mga threads. Hayaan mo, kapag nagbigay ng go signal ay sisingitan ko ng mga pictures.
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Post by acruz on Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:44 am

Dammam wrote:
acruz wrote:ninong jerry... baka meron pong pic... para makatulong sa aming mga newbie po... Smile

Sir Allan, hindi ko nilagyan ng pics dahil baka magalit sa akin si bestfriend dahil ang hahaba ng aking mga threads. Hayaan mo, kapag nagbigay ng go signal ay sisingitan ko ng mga pictures.


sige ninong, hintayin ang go signal ni ninong boy... para pag pumayag, ay malaking tulong sa aming mga newbie po...
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Post by Dammam on Sun Apr 19, 2009 4:46 pm

LOVEBIRD MUTATIONS
Dammam on Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:56 am


Peach Face Lovebird Mutations

Dutch Blue, Marine, Par Blue:
A true blue pf mutation does not exist as it does in the eye-ring species. The blue lovebird is more aqua and the red in the face is greatly reduced leaving a creamy bib with a small band over the forehead which is an apricot. When there babies there heads will be grey, but around 3 months of age the grey fades and the apricot band becomes visible.

Pied:
A pied lovie has a very dramatic reduction in the red face sometimes eliminating it completely. The body colour is a yellow with green, aqua and blue hues.

Ino:
The ino has no melanin, even in their eyes. This is the reason for the red eyes. If the ground colour is green then the bird will be bright yellow (lutino) and if the ground colour is blue the bird will be a creamy colour with an apricot band across the forehead (creamino). You can not have a true albino pf because you would need a true blue bird and this only occurs in the eye ring species.

Australian Ino:
This colour mutation is very similar to that of the creamino and lutino. If you have a ground color of green the body will be a vibrant yellow and the bird will still retain the red face. If the ground colour is blue the body is a creamy yellow and the face mask fades into a creamy white. They apricot band will also appear.

American Cinnamon:
This mutation can be achieved by a reduction in black melanin and an increase in brown. The flight feathers on this bird are tan coloured. If the ground colour is green you end up with a pale green brownish body with the red face. If the ground colour is blue the body will be soft green/blue with a brown undertone. The red face disappears and the apricot band becomes visible.

Violet:
Violet LB's can have either have a lavender to deep purple rump. This factor can be added to most any colour mutation, but some bird's feathers are to dark to show the purple. This does not mean that it's a split violet. Another colour is simply obscuring it.

White Faced:
This bird has an all white bib with no apricot band acrossed the forehead.

Sea Green:
This bird has a much greener hue to the body than a Dutch blue has

Orange Faced:
An Orange Faced lb just has an orange face instead of a red. You can this mutation in ino mutations also.

BLACK CHEECKED MUTATION

Blue:
To help you distinguish between the blue-masked mutation and the blue-cheeked mutation just look for the white on the upper breast.

Fischers Lovebird Mutations

Blue:
This colour mutation has a blue body with a white throat and chest there is also a little black on its head.

Dilute:
Diluting in this species works the same as it did with the masked species. It causes the colour to lessen due to a lack of Melanin.

Lutino:
The lutino fischer has an amazing radiant yellow body with a bright orange reddish face and red beak and eyes.

Albino:
The albino fischer has an all white body like all albino's and red eyes.

Masked Lovebird Mutations

Dilute:
Dilute means to reduce the colour of the bird through selective breeding. If the ground colour is green you'll end up with a yellow masked lb and if the ground is blue then you'll end up with a white masked lb. Two white masked lb's can have albino babies and two yellow's can have lutinos.

Ino:
If both parents have a ground colour of green then the bird will have a yellow body with an orange face and red eyes. If the parents ground is blue then this will result in albinos. An albino is a creature with no colour pigment at all in the body leaving them with white bodies. The only colour in an Albino is their red eyes.

Slate Masked:
To get a slate-masked
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