Agapornis cana | Exotic Birds

 

Agapornis cana

Determined to take a lovebird under your care? think well of taking in a gray lovebird. Why? Well, because it is one of the best in the world. When you discover a little more about it you will surely fall in love.

What is known about this bird?

In fact, very little information about its origin can be found in the books. It is a lovebird native to Madagascar, and It lives both in fields of palm trees and in jungles, as well as in rice crops, in cleared forests and you can even find some specimens in some cities.

Agapornis cana

Although it is quite beautiful, the truth is that of the variants that they are less sought after to keep in captivity, although it is an animal that is commonly captured and sold in stores.

What are the characteristics of a gray lovebird?

It is a small bird, measuring a maximum of 13 centimeters, and its weight usually ranges between 30 – 36 grams, making it one of the smallest variants of this species.

The base color is green, being more intense in the back of the body and it turns yellow as it approaches the belly. Its head, chest, and back of the neck have a whitish-gray tone, which gives this bird its name, although this color may have yellowish tones.

Agapornis cana

Their wings are white on the primary shirt, highlighting over the bright green of the rest of her body. The underside of the wing, which is only visible when flying, is blackish-brown, while its tail is green. The wings have a yellow stripe, very characteristic of this animal. Unlike other lovebirds, its beak and legs are grayish, while the iris is brown.

It is not difficult to differentiate the male from the female since the adult female does not have gray markings and the coloration of the hidden part of the wing is green or a brownish-black tone n. When they are young they look very similar to adults, except that the colors are filtered, with a greenish or whitish gray nape that changes color as the bird grows.

Keeping the Agapornis can in captivity, What do you need to know?

It is not an impossible challenge to have a can lovebird in captivity, although many sellers do not trade with them. For example, if you want to have this bird for breeding, it is necessary to know that the main key is in the feeding. During the months that they are not in heat, they must be fed with dry seeds, such as finches and millet, as well as some pieces of fruit. But in the breeding season, you have to feed it with a mixture of finches, germinated seeds, and a little egg paste.

It is recommended that the floor of the cage is covered with sand, to make it easier to clean and that the thickness of the cage bars does not exceed one centimeter. You also have to remember that lovebirds don’t like an oval or house-shaped cages very much, so look for a rectangular or square one. There is no need to fill the cage with lots of toys.

When removing it from the cage, because the cana lovebird does not present many problems to gain confidence with the human being, although it is not as affectionate as other variants of the species. Before removing it from the cage, you have to get it used to get on your finger. On the first day of freedom, it is advisable to close the door of the room and the windows, so that it does not escape, placing the food that it likes the most in the cage. This way he will return to her when he is hungry.

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