Eng. Black Mask Lovebird, Black Masked Love bird
Lat. Agapornis Personatus
|On the photo you can see a blue colored black masked lovebird. The photo is taken from the mine friend aviary.
ORIGIN: Northern and central Tanzania; the northern shores of the Lake Manyara
and the mountain Meru. Flocks of these parrots settle in the north-east
of Kenya as well as in the coastal areas of Tanzania ( Tanga and
Dar es Salaam ).
APPEARENCE: Black Masked Lovebirds are 14.5 cm (6 in) in length. They belong
to a class of small to middle size parrots. Their basic color is
green. The forehead, lores, cheeks and the part under the bill is
brown-black. The back of head is a dirty olive. The breast and one
part of throat is yellow. Most of the birds have the upper body
covered with orange-red feathers. The body, abdomen and under-tail
coverts are yellowish–green. The rump is blue. Under-wing
coverts are grey-blue. The tail is green and the outer tail feathers
are edged with an orange-yellow band.
The periophthalamic ring is white and the iris is brown. The bill
is red and its feet are grey. Its sex is not clearly distinguishable
, females are larger with a smaller and more rounded head. Here you can see more black masked lovebird pictures.
KEEPING of Black Mask Love-Bird: These medium- voiced parrots are characterizied by their
mild temper and tranquility. The younger parrots are easier to tame.
The older birds gain trust easily and thus overcome their fear of
humans. In a cage of medium size, the birds can be put together
in pairs or on their own. Taming is easier if the birds are kept
alone. There have to be enough rungs in a cage so the birds can
move around freely and keep themselves amused. One may occasionally
offer them willow twigs to amuse themselves while nibbling. In nature
they live in habitats surrounded with water, so it is necessary
to provide them with more bathing facilities than for other parrots.
|On the photo you can see one young masked lovebird parrot. If you take this kind of bird from the nest, and feed them by hand, that way you can get the best tamed parrots.
DIET: Sunflower, millet, canary grass seed, shelled oats, hemp, buckweat,
sorghum, flax and the seeds of saffron are the main nutritional
requirements of these parrots. The birds should always be provided
with minerals and cuttle-bone as they are important components of
their nutrition. Fruit and vegetables are a favorite food of these
birds while apple, carrot, blade and chicory are considered to be
their sweets and can be given every two days.
BREEDING AND CARE of Masked Lovebirds: For the simplicity and success of black mask lovebird breeding,
there are common aviary inhabitants of various breeders. An outside
aviary of 2x1x2 m (80x40x80 in) is sufficient per 6-8 pairs (3 pairs
on 1.5 m3/53 square ft). They are sensitive to cold temperatures,
so the temperature should be kept above 10C (50F). A minimal temperature
of 15C (60 F) is recommended for young birds. In winter, it is recommended
to give them nests so they can hide somewhere, even though they
will not breed.
|On the photo you can see the lovebird nest with eggs. In the hand of owner you can see the baby bleck masked lovebirds.
In heated indoor areas, breeding takes
place throughout the entire year, even though it is not recommended
to breed more than three broods yearly to keep them from exhaustion.
Breeding season in outdoor areas usually begins in April and willow
twigs are the main material used in building nests. Nests of 20x20x18
cm (8x8x7 in) filled to the top with these twigs provide a perfect
shelter for younglings. These kinds of shelters also provide necessary
humidity so that the younglings can be hatched.
|On the picture up you can see the black mask lovebird nest with two baby lovebirds and two eggs. Breeding of these birds is easy. Try it!
A female clutches 3-6 eggs, and incubation lasts 20 days. The breeding
period lasts 32 days. After birth, they tend to stay with their
parents for 14 days after which they can be separated from their
parents. Cannibalism and plucking the feathers may occur because
of the lack of minerals which are necessary for the nutrition of
INTERESTING FACTS: Speech imitation is not a characteristic of these parrots.
Life span is generally about 15 years or longer. They are seen in
numerous colors and mutations, while in nature they are mostly green
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