The Agapornis nigrigenis is one of the rarest variants of this species. It is known as the black-cheeked Agapornis, although in some Spanish-speaking countries it has also been baptized as the inseparable fat face.
What is its history?
At the beginning of the 20th century, in 1904, it was discovered in Zambia by Dr. Kirkman, who named it Agapornis nigrigenis because of the black cheeks that characterize this bird so much. They are often confused with personatus and it is not a very easy bird to find.
Although it is easy to breed, they are not so easy to find in stores. Besides, in captivity it is said that it is in danger of extinction due to the few breeders who are dedicating themselves to its expansion, so currently they can only be found in the African jungle.
Quite peculiar features
Although many say that it can be confused with the Agapornis personata, the truth is that it is quite easy to differentiate from the rest of the birds of this species. For example, its size is one of the smallest of the species, reaching about 13.5 cm, although some specimens have reached 14 centimeters.
The tonality of the forehead and head is rusty brown, while the cheeks are blackish, the reason for its name. Its neck is orange, while the wings have an intense dark green color that ends in black.
Its body, as a general rule, has a green tone, brighter on the wings than on The abdomen. Its eye-ring is white, while its beak has a little intense reddish tone and the legs are gray.
Knowing the age of an Agapornis nigrigenis is easy thanks to the hue of the beak, which is orange when they are young. However, differentiating it from the female is not so easy, since it does not present sexual dimorphism. To know the sex, you have to look at the pelvic bones, which in the female will be further apart.
Some variants have mutated from this breed, which presents yellow tones throughout the body of blue color, but the original one is green.
Raise it, how do you Be it done?
Although it is a very difficult variety to find, it is not entirely impossible and some specialized stores sell it. Also, his character is quite friendly, unfortunately, he is not as good a companion as the reoseicollis or the fischeri, but he has in his favor that he is not as scary as the personata. Being in the cage, he does not care that there are other birds and does not need the lovebirds to be of the same breed. So it is not necessary to have it in a large aviary with other birds.
It is a bird that feeds especially on seeds such as corn, sorghum, and millet, so it is good to feed it a combination of these seeds. She also likes to eat plant foods, like salad as long as it is chopped up. To complete his diet, it is good to give him insect larvae, placed on the ground so that he can hunt them himself.
Its cage must be at least 60x40x80 centimeters in measurement since it is a bird that likes to fly very much and needs enough space to be able to move if it is not going to be let out of the cage. The spacing of the bars should not exceed one centimeter so that they cannot put their head between the bars.
It is not a bird that requires a lot of special care, but they are quite clean, so you have to clean the cage very often. Be careful not to place perches near feeders or drinkers because they can fill them with your feces.
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