Normal Fischer’s Lovebird (Agapornis fischeri)
Native to Northern and Central parts of Tanzania to the south of Lake Victoria, the Fischers Lovebird is widely kept throughout the World.
The Fischers Lovebird found its way to Australia via imports to the UK and Europe and then on into Australia, prior to the Government import bans in 1949.
In their native range they are now regarded as endangered due to a number of factors ,heavy exporting up to the 1970’s for the pet trade, habitant destruction and fragmentation for farming and other land uses .
They naturally inhabit Scrub forest and Savannah,feeding on a range of Grass seeds, fallen seeds, fruit and other edible plants. They have developed a taste for cultivated cereal, maize and fruit crops which brings them into contact with local farmers who at times regard them as Agricultural pests.
Outside the breeding season they congregate in flocks of up to 200 birds,unfortunately this sight is becoming rarer in recent years .
The body colour of this lovebird is mainly green, dark above and light below. Forehead, face and throat are reddish orange with the collar and upper breast more yellowish. The tail is green with a blue rump. The bill is a waxy red and the eyes framed with broad white eye ring. Feet are a bluish grey.
Arguably the second most popular Lovebird, this species now occurs in a Yellow face mutation, along more than 20 colour mutations with variations in the “Lime” series being quite attractive.
Photo credit: Takashi Hososhima