Rosy faced Lovebird


Rosy-faced Lovebird 15–18 cm; 43–63 g. Pale grass green, somewhat darker above, with bright blue rump; peach pink face and upper chest, darker reddish crown.

Bill yellowish; fleshy white eye-ring. Immature pale buff-brown on the face and upper chest. Race catum­bella richer and brighter.

Rosy-faced Lovebird parrot

Rosy faced Lovebird

Systematics History

Editor’s Note: This article requires further editing work to merge existing content into the appropriate Subspecies sections. Please bear with us while this update takes place.

Two subspecies were recognized.

Subspecies

Feral populations were established in the late 1980s in Arizona, USA.


SUBSPECIES

Agapornis roseicollis catumbella Scientific name definitions

Distribution

SW Angola.

SUBSPECIES

Agapornis roseicollis roseicollis Scientific name definitions

Distribution

Namibia and adjacent Northern Cape province of South Africa; recorded in SW Botswana.

Distribution

Editor’s Note: Additional distribution information for this taxon can be found in the ‘Subspecies’ article above. In the future, we will develop a range-wide distribution article.

Habitat

Arid woodlandscrubby hillsides, and tree-lined watercourses including river canyons, in rocky terrain, where rainfall exceeds 100mm, and where water accessible.

Coastal sandstone cliffs in Kisama National Park. Escapes occur in urban areas. Up to 1500 m.

Rosy-faced Lovebird

Rosy faced Lovebird

Movement

Resident, but wanders locally, e.g. when temporary waterholes dry up.

Diet and Foraging

Mainly seeds of Albizia (also flowers) and Acacia, and buds and foliage of various plants including Euphorbia. Pest in grain fields, notably on maize; also eats cultivated sunflowers. Very dependent on water.

Rosy-faced-Lovebird parrot

Rosy faced Lovebird

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

The commonest vocalization is a chirruping disyllabic “chi-reep!”. When perched, utters a wide variety of chirruping and screechy notes; also short rattles. Large flocks maintain continuous twittering.

Rosy-Faced Lovebird Chirping Sounds – Orange-Faced Green Pied & Red-Headed Green Opaline

SOURCE: Video Kameraku

Breeding

Feb–Apr, i.e. late summer, when main seed pods ripening; but Jul in N of range. Nests in rock crevices although also utilizing nests of Sociable Weaver (Philetarius socius) and even buildings and bridges; nest cup-shaped, made of straw, twigs, and other material. Eggs 4–6; incubation c. 23 days, by female only; fledging c. 43 days.

ROSY FACED LOVEBIRDS (H D)

SOURCE: SUBBALAKSHMI SASTRY

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Flocks of hundreds at good food sources, but otherwise in small flocks. Frequently kept as a cage-bird, Angola, and the export of thousands of birds have greatly contributed to the diminution of populations in the S of the country.

Present in Kisama National Park near Luanda, and in Augrabies Falls and Kalahari Gemsbok National Parks, South Africa.


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