Agapornis canus – Grey-headed Lovebird

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The Grey-headed Lovebird/Gray-headed Lovebird or Madagascar Lovebird is the only Lovebird specie that does not live in Africa itself but in Madagascar. 

They are not very common in captivity and are sensitive to cold weather. They are cloudy and nervous by nature and therefore not as suitable as domestic birds. They may be aggressive to art mates. They are more difficult to breed than other Lovebirds.

They have relatively large wings and are good and fast flyers.

Description

The body color is green with darkgreen back and wings. The chest is a lighter green and lightgreen rump. The beak and feets are lightgrey.

The species is sexually dimorphic: The male has a light grey head and upper part of the chest - the female has a green head and chest.

Size:  13 - 15 cm
Weight: 25 - 31,5 gram

Habitat

The Grey-headed Lovebird is native to Madagascar. The two subspecies live in different regions on Madagascar:

  • Agapornis canus ablectaneus - Madagascar except southern part
  • Agapornis canus canus - Southern Madagascar 

The Grey-headed Lovebird  have been introduced to several of the other islands off the east coast of Africa: Comoros, Seychelles, Reunion, Mauritus and Zanzibar.

Aviculture

They are not common as domestic birds and are more difficult to breed than other Lovebird species. They prefer to mate during autumn.

They are very shy and nervous and easily frightened in the aviary.

They have low tolerance to cold weather.

 

Taxonomy

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittaculidae
  • Genus: Agapornis

Synonyms

  • Danish: Gråhovedet Dværgpapegøje
  • English: Grey-headed Lovebird, Gray-headed Lovebird, Madagascar Lovebird
  • French: Inséparable à tête grise, Inséparable cana
  • German: Grauköpchen, Grauköpfchen
  • Portuguese: Inseparável-de-faces-cinzentas
  • Spanish: Inseparable de Cabeza Gris, Inseparable Malgache

IUCN Red List

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Version 2017-3. <www.iucnredlist.org>.
Downloaded on 19 March 2018.

One comment on “Agapornis canus – Grey-headed Lovebird
  1. Shan says:

    You will explain very well about “Gray-headed Lovebird”. Thanks for sharing such a nice details.

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