Masked Lovebird

Agapornis personatus

masked lovebird

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

Gestation:

Masked Lovebirds may produce several egg clutches within a single year. They nest in hollow trees and usually lay 4-5 eggs in a clutch incubated for about 23 days. They 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, kaka, kea and kakariki.