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Agapornis pullarius

It seems that the Agapornis pullarius is the fashionable animal nowadays, and no wonder, since it is one of the most beautiful birds that exist. But, when choosing one, Which one is the best? If you are a newbie, maybe you should opt for the Agapornis pullarius.

Its origin is unknown

It is not really known exactly when this lovebird began to appear, but it was discovered in 1758 and was baptized as Agapornis pullarius, although it is commonly known as a red-faced lovebird because of its reddish face which makes it so characteristic.

Agapornis pullarius

It is one of the least popular due to its particular way of walking, but that also makes it special. For a long time, they were very common in England and Holland, but due to the little success that was had with the reproduction, interest in this bird was lost, so they are not very common in the West.

What characteristics does it have?

It is one of the smallest variants there is, measuring about 14 centimeters, not weighing more than 50 grams. Like the Agapornis canus (or cana) it is a fairly cheerful animal that likes to browse everything around it, especially if it was born in captivity. In the case of a bird captured in the wild, it is normal that it is very scary and does not adapt well to being confined.

The normal thing is that the plumage of most of its body is green, except for its face, which has an orange-red tone. The feathers on its abdomen and undercovers have a more yellowish tone, while the wing area has a black tone. The rump is usually light blue and the tail is green. Their legs are gray, with an orange-red bill and a dark brown iris. However, some mutations such as the Agapornis pullarius ugandae can be found that the bluish tone of its rump is paler.

Agapornis pullarius

Unlike other variants of the species, it is easier to differentiate the female because it presents sexual dimorphism, although it is not as pronounced. For example, the color is similar to the male, but the head and the eye area are more orange than red, but the main difference is that the color of the underwing coverts is green while in the male is black.

When they are young, the tone of their feathers is duller and they closely resemble females, so it is quite difficult to tell them apart. But when you grow up, the males change the green color of the infracorbetera’s wings from green to black.

Is it suitable to have as a pet?

Many have been given up on raising this type of bird because of how difficult it is for them to reproduce.

They are not very violent birds except when they are in heat or with their partner, they do not like to be around other birds very much. They like to have somewhere to bathe inside the cage and have their back stroked, which they respond with a few gentle movements of the head. Their diet is mainly composed of herb and plant seeds, especially seeds of the Sorghum genus, and also fruits, their favorites being guavas and wild figs. Berries and tree shoots can also be given.

The breeding season of this bird depends on the area in which they are. For example in Africa, they breed in April, June, and October. Once they have fallen in love with the female, the courtship begins, and shortly after the consummation and at 20 days the female will lay the eggs. It is necessary to provide them with a nest of medium size since in each laying it can lay 4 or 5 eggs.

When removing it from the cage, be very careful, especially if it has not yet caught trust with its owner, since it is a bird that flies very fast. Although it is very curious, it is also a bit scary, so at no time should you try to catch it if it escapes from the cage. Just close the room for him to explore it, leave his favorite food in the cage, and when he is hungry he will go for it

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