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Masked Lovebird

masked lovebird

Agapornis personatus

Distribution:

North-east Tanzania

Habitat:

Dry areas of light brushwood and trees, inland plateaus

Diet:

Various grass and herb seeds, grains, some types of tree bark and also small insects

Breeding:

They may produce several egg clutches within a single year

Nest:

Nest in hollow trees

Eggs:

Usually four to five eggs in a clutch incubated for about 23 days

Chicks:

Fledge about 42 days after hatching

Predators:

These small parrots are prey for a wide range of carnivores, including birds of prey

Conservation status:

Common

General:

Social, loud and active, lovebirds are popular pets and some have even learned how to mimic human speech.


The constant demand on parrot species to supply the pet trade is a real threat to their survival. The masked lovebird was discovered by Europeans in the late-1800s and quickly became a favourite addition to aviaries world-wide.


The translocation of birds spreads disease, and for this reason there are many regulations to follow when importing and exporting them. The introduction of a parrot disease to New Zealand could mean the extinction of native birds such as kakapo, kakakea andkakariki.