Wild Lovebirds

Having gone from a flock of about 20 lovebirds in times past to a nice number of 8 and a chick being hand fed, I thought about how lovebirds live in the wild. I only found one video on them showing the birds in Africa. I’ve linked to it before, but it’s pretty cute. http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/lovebirds

But those are Fischer’s lovies. This little guy is ready for his close up. http://www.arkive.org/fischers-lovebird/agapornis-fischeri/video-00.html I guess the only wild peachface lovies are in Maui these days. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrSLr3f6Mbo Hanging out with those java rice sparrows can’t be a good thing.

Hold on, there are some in Phoenix, Arizona! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M18SK-cRJxs And this is adorable, wild birds visiting cage birds. I can’t find out where this is, as the Nevarez Project web page leads to a We Can Sell You This Web Name site. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYM35dwUyhA This is Scottsdale, in Arizona, where the lovebirds have gone wild. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKBM7fZvhOI

I don’t speak Afrikaans, so I didn’t realize this was about peachface parrots in Namibia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnrnrDQjDxc If I ever do an all lovie aviary, I will use lots of rocks and acacia trees.

Apparently the lovebird only goes on rampages in captivity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlhHiMIFO78 This little one is all, “It’s a trap!” but he still does it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXw00dT5BL0 Uh. Not sure what this one is doing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZYHRYAn7G0

World Parrot Trust says that heavy trapping for the pet bird trade has reduced numbers in the wild, but the peachface is not yet of concern. Wonder how much the huge flocks in Arizona have to do with that? http://www.parrots.org/index.php/encyclopedia/wildstatus/peach_faced_lovebird/ Notice they used a captive bird’s photo for their page.

As a long-time Smithsonian supporter, I am very pleased with this article they have on lovebirds. Lots of nice facts. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fun-facts-about-lovebirds-180949742/?no-ist

I notice with my birds that they can’t talk unless they are moving their wings. Even if it’s just a little flutter at the time. Is that the avian equivelant of talking with your hands? While Drs. Foster and Smith state it’s common in many parrots, I think they should address the higher incidence in lovies. http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=15+1795&aid=3334

Birds N Way has more good information on lovebirds. If you have more than one, be sure to let them show compatibility before shoving them in the same cage. And never put more than 2 in a small indoor cage. http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww49eiii.htm

Here’s a treat! One hour of listening to Lovebird Sounds! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRP29Jd_zaU Be sure to turn the volume way up. Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Thursday.

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