Masked Lovebirds

Among the highly popular species of the lovebird are the masked lovebirds. They go next to the peachfaced species and are accessible in several gorgeous mutations. The masked lovebird is also known as the black masked lovebird with a clear bright coloration. Some raisers say that they can be a little calmer than other species although others state that they are just as playful. Either way, they can be a sure source of delight and joy when added to any household.

The masked lovebirds go by their scientific name Agapornis personata. They are several popular color mutations of this lovebird. While they are described by the mask-like color on their face, the mutations are described by their body color. A very common variety is the green masked lovebird and the blue masked lovebird. For the not-so common varieties, there is the dark blue or slate and the medium blue or cobalt. They can grow to a maximum of six inches in length.

This specie of the lovebird is very small and carries a green plumage. Masked lovebirds have brownish-black heads with a yellow collar around their neck. Their upper breast and throat are yellowish with an orange-reddish cast. The feathers of their rump and on their upper tail are bluish and their tail contains irregular black and orange markings. They eyes are dark brown encircled by a white eye ring. In this specie, the female are somewhat bigger than males. The young ones are duller in color with a black marking on their beaks.

The masked lovebirds belong to the eye-ring specie of lovebirds. The other ones are the black-cheeked, nyasa and the Fischer’s lovebirds. This group is identified through the noticeable ring surrounding their eyes. They are directly related and can interbreed readily when kept together though they are actually different species. It is best to keep them separate from each other to uphold their natural form.

These masked lovebirds are native to Africa in the Northeastern Tanzania. Generally, they dwell among dry areas with trees or shrubs which are bordering the forests, typically close to bodies of water. These African birds were initially discovered during the late 1800s and were not for importation until the 1920s.

The masked lovebirds are an excellent beginner birds having been reasonably resilient, willing breeders, easy to maintain and affordable. They can be your most intelligent, playful and amusing little friend as they are highly sociable and can be passionate about companionship. Like the peachfaced lovebirds, they have the nature to exist closely with a companion. This is why they are generally kept with another lovebird. When they are kept alone, they can require a lot of attention although they are already affectionate and fine when hand-raised.

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