Fischer Lovebird

The Fischer lovebird is a colorful species of bird from Africa. It was named after Gustav Fischer, a German explorer. These lovely African birds were originally discovered during the late part of 1800s and were initially bred in 1926 in the United States. They are best described for their blue rump and green back, wings and chest. They have golden yellow necks which become darker orange as it goes upward. Their heads are olive green and the beaks are vivid red. They have white eye ring around their eyes and weighs 43 58 grams.

The Fischer lovebird is a native of the east-central Africa and northern Tanzania. They live in remote clumps of trees with grass plains in between. This variety of the African lovebird has a straight and fast flight. They are typically noisy with their high-pitched chirp. They can east a wide variety of foods such as fruits, seeds, millet and maize.

The breeding season of Fischer lovebirds begins in January to April and June to July. The female lay 4 to 5 eggs in a clutch. Meanwhile, the mother sits on the eggs for 23 days. The male and female Fischer lovebird can look the same and the best way to determine the sex is through DNA test. Though majority of them are green, there are bred mutations like the predominant blue that shows the lack of yellow pigment. The very first mutation was conducted in South Africa in 1957 and in San Francisco, California two years after.

There are more mutations of the Fischer such as the lutino, albino, black or dark-eyed white, pied, white and cinnamon. These birds are very active, like most lovebirds, and need a wide space. They love things to chew on and toys to play with. The Fischer lovebird likes cages with corners where it can hide when he or she feel insecure. Without adequate toys and things to play with, they can get bored and can arrive to the extent of plucking their feathers that is hard to stop.

It is best to provide the Fischer lovebird with a bath tub as they love to take a bath every day. After a bath, they are also fond of sunning themselves to dry off. Nonetheless, they should not be anywhere near a window as they can get sick. They are extremely sociable that it is recommended to keep them in pairs although not all the time. They can be timid at first but can get surprised with abrupt movements, new things and loud noises. You must be very careful not to scare them a lot. Generally, they do not like being touched are likely to be very territorial.

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