Choosing a lovebird is never easy, especially because of the large number of birds around the world. However, one of the best of this breed is the fischer’s lovebird, ideal especially if you want to reproduce the species.
An almost new breed
In fact, although this breed was discovered in 1800 in East Africa, the truth is that it is not known at what time it could emerge. It was discovered by the German explorer Gustav Fischer, who named the breed after him. In 1926 they began to be raised in the United States because it was so easy.
They are native to the south-south-eastern part of Lake Victoria in northern Tanzania. In the dry years, some of these birds migrated west of Ruland and Burundi is looking for wet conditions. Typically, they live at elevations of around 1,500 meters in small groups, in areas that are isolated.
A beautiful bird, with unique characteristics
It could be said that this apornis is not large in size, as its length, from beak to tail, is usually around 14 centimetres and its weight is between 40 and 60 grams depending on the variety.
The feathers of this bird are usually green in colour, but in the case of the head, bridles, cheek and throat they are orange-red in colour. Its crown and the back of the head is olive orange in colour, while the upper part of the chest and it never form a curious blend of orange yellow. Its abdomen is yellowish green, while its rump is bright blue. A mixture of colours that makes it very beautiful to look at. The beak is usually reddish in colour, while the legs are grey.
When the time comes to differentiate the female from the male it can be quite difficult, since there is no sexual dimorphism between the two birds. However, some authors claim that females are larger than females, and that the pelvic bones are more open than those of males.
Young specimens have a duller tone than adults, especially in the head area. It also has black spots near the base of the upper jaw, which when small can occupy the entire beak and as they grow this spot is reduced.
When it flies, you can hear the sound of its wings. Although it is a very affectionate type of bird, it is quite noisy and therefore not recommended for people looking for a “sounding pet from time to time”.
Taking care of a fischer’s lovebird
What is there to feed a fischer’s lovebird? Well, for starters, they eat a wide combination of seeds and fruits. What they like most is corn and millet, in fact in some countries they are a pest because they attack crops for this type of grain. But the best thing to do is to make a combination of seeds so that they get all the nutrients they need.
If you are looking for a bird to raise, this is the best bird in the world because it is very easy. The breeding season is usually between January and April, but also the months of June and July. When they are at liberty, the nest is located about 2 to 15 meters from the ground, but in a cage it is enough for it to be about 2 meters from the ground. Although if it’s a little lower down there’s nothing to worry about. As a general rule, for each egg laying there are usually five, but it is also possible that there are only three or even eight. The eggs are incubated by the female for 24 days and after 36 – 45 days the chicks start to fly.
It is not a bird that cares as much about the company of other birds as the other members of the lovebirds species. But he doesn’t dislike being accompanied by another male or female. But if you spend a lot of time at home, get him used to your company, tell him things or let him fly around the house and then land on your finger, he’ll be more than happy.