Who has not wanted to have a lovebird at home at some point? It is a difficult decision to choose just one, but without a doubt, the Agapornis lilianae should be one of those that should be among the first options.
A highly studied bird
No there are much data on the origin of this species, although it could well be a mutation of the Agapornis fischeri, a bird with which it is usually very confused due to some similarities it has.
Main is found in East Africa, especially in southern Tanzania, Malawi, and northwest of Mozambique. It is a bird highly studied by the Research Project directed by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, to better understand its ecology and conservation. Due to the agricultural exploitation, it has almost lost its habitat and now they live in the National Parks, where they are protected.
It can be differentiated from one of its relatives by some characteristics
The lilianae lovebird is very common to be confused by the fischeri lovebird since they usually measure the same: 14 centimeters and their weight ranges from 50 grams more or less, although it can weigh 60 in some variants that have mutated and are slightly larger.
However, it does have some features that make it easy to tell apart. For example, there is the reddish mask with a slight orange tone that it has on the head, in addition to the fact that in the belly area it does not have the blue tone that characterizes the fischeri.
The normal thing is that the color of its body is of a bright green tone, while the wings will present an olive-green hue and its chest a greenish but yellowish tone. The ring of its eye is well marked and white, while its beak is red and the legs have a grayish tone.
Although these are their common colors, due to mutations some specimens can present a blue plumage, with a grayish or pale blue chest and a blackhead, also very common in birdhouses.
Knowing the age of a lovebird is very simple since young specimens have more muted colors and the beak of a darker tone. However, differentiating the female from the male is not so simple, since they do not present sexual dimorphism. As with other species, the only way to differentiate them is with the bones of the pelvis, which are further apart for laying.
In terms of its character, it is a bird much gentler than the rest of his relatives, which makes him the ideal pet when he has to live with humans. They are not usually very sociable with other birds, except with their partner. In the case of having several birds of this species, it is normal for couples to live isolated in a cage hole.
It is time to take care of a liliane lovebird, what do you need to know?
Although it is a bird that is easy to keep in captivity, the truth is that needs a fairly large cage, because it likes to move a lot inside this cage hanger to another, so they require a lot of space. Let’s say about 60 centimeters or so. Also, it must have horizontal bars on which it can lean to see the outside.
It is a bird acclimated to medium temperatures, of about 15º C, but If it is in a very hot area, it should not be in a space where the sun shines all day and does not receive continuous gusts of air. So you have to find a place to shelter in case you live in an area with low temperatures.
Feeding it is easy, because it eats seeds of any kind, although its favorite is the branch. It is best to give it a combination of birdseed, millet, oats, hemp, sunflower seeds, and just to keep you satisfied. Now and then a piece of fruit, a berry, or white alsine will help you get vitamins and nutrients. You can add a vitamin complex to the water to make it healthy.
Although it is a good pet bird, it is very difficult to breed. Experts have not yet been able to explain the large decline in the population of this bird, which makes them difficult to obtain. What’s more, getting a white eyering lilianae lovebird is quite difficult and when they lay eggs, there is a high rate of sterile eggs and high mortality. So it is not recommended to have this bird at home if you are an inexperienced breeder.
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