Among the nine species of Lovebirds, Taranta is one of the most beloved and without a doubt one of the best species that one can breed if you are thinking of having one of these birds at home.
When did the taranta lovebird appear?
The taranta lovebird, also known as an Abyssinian lovebird, was discovered in 1814 in a region of Ethiopia, from which he is original. It is one of the most resistant since it can live at heights of up to 3,000 meters.
Although it is a species that many breeders want to have, there is actually very little information about this bird and this means that they are hardly imported. Some countries, such as Ethiopia which is where they originate from, have banned their export to avoid the extinction of a bird that very few know how to properly care for.
What is the taranta lovebird like?
It is a medium-sized lovebird that measures around 17 centimeters from beak to tail and its weight can reach 75 grams. Despite being animals that live in such high areas, they have the charm and docile and calm character of the rest of their relatives of this breed. Unlike other species of lovebirds, there are no known subspecies.
The color of its plumage is usually a deep green tone, except for the head, bridle, and face that have a reddish tone. On the chest, abdomen, and infracorbetera, the green color is slightly paler, and the underwing coverts and rowing feathers are black. Their beak is red, while their irises are dark brown, and their legs are usually gray. On contact, its feathers are quite soft, so it is very pleasant to pet this bird.
It is not so difficult to differentiate the male from the female since the female presents a sexual dimorphism. The difference is in the head, the bridles, and the area of the face that are green, like the under-wing coverts, while in the male they are reddish. This makes it quite easy to tell them apart, even when they are young.
In the case of young, these birds are very similar to females, but as the reddish color of the face and head grows, it appears little by little. To know when they are young if it is male or female, look at the undercovers of the wings, which turn black when they reach four months of age. In some cases, they can be distinguished when they are smaller because red feathers begin to appear on the forehead.
Is it difficult to breed?
Although today it is quite difficult to find a taranta lovebird, it is not entirely impossible since many breeders have managed to expand their Breeding on the European continent.
At first, it is a bird that can be quite shy, but when it is not being observed it is very active. Little by little he is getting used to human contact and it will not be very difficult to get him out of his cage. In the case of importing it from abroad, you have to be very careful, because they are birds very susceptible to catching infections, for this reason in the water you have to supply them with vitamin C. Besides, it is a bird that likes to gnaw wood, so you have to give him some fruit branches to keep him entertained.
When it comes to housing this bird, the ideal is that it be in pairs, since despite being a loving animal it is aggressive with other species. The road should be 2x1x2 meters more or less if there are going to be two birds of this type, half if there is only going to be one. In the cage, they should have two nest boxes so that they can choose the one they like the most and feel comfortable inside it.
Food is the key to keeping this breed alive. According to expert breeders in this field, their diet should be made up of a combination of millet seeds, canary mix, sunflower seeds, and hemp. It is also good to add a little branch millet and, from time to time, herb shoots. In great abundance, they will have to eat pieces of fruit and vegetables to receive all the vitamins and minerals they need to survive.
Although it is not a species that is difficult to get them to breed, it is more so than other breeds and lovebirds. The couple has to be together in the aviary from the beginning, to achieve a connection between them. It is not advisable to try to combine the male with different partners, since he is a very affectionate bird with his partner and by not having this he will feel sad even if there is another that comforts him. If successful, each laying will have three to five eggs and after 24 days the chicks will hatch.
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