Black Masked Lovebird
A lovebird is one of nine species of the genus Agapornis. They are a social and affectionate small parrot.
Masked Lovebirds The yellow-collared lovebird (Agapornis personatus), also called masked lovebird or eye ring lovebird.
Description The yellow-collared lovebird is a mainly green small parrot about 14.5 cm (5.5 in) long. Its upper parts are a darker green than its lower surfaces. Its head is black, and it has a bright red beak and white eyerings. Yellow on the breast is continuous with a yellow collar and an expansion of yellow over the nape of the neck. Male and female have identical external appearance . Diet: we feed our Love birds seed mix as their basic diet. we use commercial mix; cockatiel mix will work just fine. also small hook bill will suite their needs but if you can mix both together will be better. also we feed them fresh fruits such us apples ,pears, mango added some kale and celery. we add some spirulina to the mix. clean their water in a daily basis, specially in summer as bacteria can grow in warm and hot temperatures.
Sexing: Lovebirds are reasonably difficult to sex. DNA sexing is required to be sure of gender.
Breeding: birds are relatively easy to breed; you need to have a true pair. when i said a true pair i mean male and female. to determine the sex; there is different methods: sex can be determined by the distance between the pelvis bones which in males pelvic bones are closer and in females the space between pelvic bones is wider. to use this method you need to have a little experience. the other method is by DNA testing; you just need to collect some blood drops or feather samples and send it to any avian lab. once you have a true pair and they are ready to breed set them up in a small cage, add a nesting box. add bedding material such us mulch or grasses and let nature take place. don’t forget to add calcium blocks or cattle fish bone for the female to gain calcium as laying eggs will get her calcium. female will laid eggs every other day with a total of 5-6 eggs. she will seat after she lays her third egg; from there it will take 23 days for the babies to hatch. The yellow-collared lovebird brings nesting material in its beak to a tree cavity for their nest. The eggs are white and there are usually four to five in a clutch. The female incubates the eggs for about 23 days and the chicks leave the nest about 42 days after hatching
Size – Weight: Lovebird will get up to about 6″ (14.5 – 15. 5 cm) in length.
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