Picking a lovebird is never easy, especially for the great quantity that there is by the world. However, one of the best of this breed is the Agapornis fischeri, ideal especially if you want to reproduce the species.
An almost new breed
In reality, although this race was discovered in 1,800 in East Africa, the truth is that it is not known when it could have arisen. It was discovered by the German explorer Gustav Fischer, who gave the breed his surname. In 1926 they began to be raised in the United States because of how easy it was.
It could be said that this Agapornis is not large, since its length, from beak to tail, is usually around 14 centimeters and its weight between 40 â € “60 grams depending on the variety.
The feathers of this bird are generally green, but in the case of the head, the bridle, the cheek, and the throat they have an orange-red hue. The crown and the back of the head have an olive-orange hue, while the upper part of the chest and the never form a curious mixture of orange-yellow. Its abdomen is yellowish-green, while the rump is bright blue. A mixture of colors makes it very beautiful to look at. The bill is usually reddish in color, while the legs are gray.
besides, these have more open pelvic bones than those of the male.
Young specimens have a duller tonality than adults, especially in the head area. It also has black spots near the base of the upper jaw, which when they are small can occupy the entire beak, and as they grow this spot is reduced.
When it flies, you can hear the sound of its wings. Although it is a very affectionate type of bird, they are quite noisy so it is not highly recommended for people who are looking for a”sonorous pet from time to time”.
Caring of a fischeri lovebird
What do you have to feed a fischeri? Well, to start, they eat a wide combination of seeds and fruits. What they like the most is corn and millet, in fact, in some countries, they are a plague because they attack crops looking for this type of grain. But the best thing is to make a combination of seeds so that they receive all the nutrients they need.
If you are looking for a bird to breed, this is the best in the world because it is so easy. The breeding season is usually between January and April, but also the months of June and July. When they are free, the nest is located around 2 to 15 meters above the ground, but in a cage, it will be enough if it is about 2 meters or so from the ground. Although if it is a little lower there is nothing to worry about. As a general rule, for each laying of eggs, there are usually five, but it is also possible that there are only three or even 8. The female incubates the eggs for 24 days and at 36 – 45 days, the chicks already begin to fly.
It is not a bird that cares as much about the company of other birds as the rest of the members of the lovebird species. But he does not dislike being in the company of another male or female. But if you spend a lot of time at home, if you get used to your company, saying things to him or letting him fly around the house and then perch on your finger, he will be more than happy.
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