Determined to take an agapornis under your care? Maybe you should think about taking in a grey-headed lovebird. Why? Because it’s one of the best in the world. When you find out a little more about him, you’re bound to fall in love.
What’s the word on this bird?
In reality, very little information about their origin can be found among the books. It is a lovebird native to Madagascar, and lives both in fields of palm trees and jungles, as well as in rice fields, cut down forests and even some specimens can be found in some cities.
Although it is quite beautiful, the truth is that of the less sought after variants to have in captivity, although it is an animal that is common to be caught and sold in shops.
What are the characteristics of a grey-headed lovebird?
It is a small bird, measuring a maximum of 13 centimeters, and usually weighs between 30 and 36 grams, which makes it one of the smallest variants of this species.
The base color is green, being more intense on the back of the body and yellowish as it approaches the belly. Its head, chest and the back of its neck have a whitish gray tone, which gives the bird its name, although this color may have yellowish tones.
Their wings are white on the primary t-shirt, standing out from the bright green of the rest of their body. The lower part of the wing, which is only visible when flying, is blackish brown, while its tail is green. The wings have a yellow strip, very characteristic of this animal. Unlike other lovebirds, their beaks and legs are greyish, while their irises are brown.
It is not difficult to differentiate the male from the female, as the adult female has no grey markings and the hidden part of the wing is green or black-brown in colour. When they are young they are very similar to adults, except that the colors are sifted, with a greenish or whitish gray nape that changes color as the bird grows.
With the grey-headed lovebird in captivity, what do you have to know?
It is not an impossible challenge to have a grey-headed lovebird in captivity, even though many vendors do not trade with them. For example, if you want to have this bird for breeding, you have to know that the main key is in the diet. During the months when they are not in heat, they should be fed with dried seeds, such as finches and millet, as well as some fruit. But during the breeding season, you have to feed it with a mixture of finches, sprouted seeds and a little egg paste.
The measurements of the nest are very important, as the mother will spend more time there with the young. This one has to be at least 18 cm long by 13 cm wide and 14 cm high, looking for an L shape, which makes it more comfortable for egg laying and incubation.
What should the cage look like? In fact, a normal cage, 60 cm long and 50 or 60 cm high, would suffice. It is recommended that the floor of the cage be covered with sand, so that it is easier to clean and that the thickness of the cage bars does not exceed one centimetre. Also remember that lovebirds don’t like oval or house-shaped cages very much, so look for a rectangular or square cage. There’s no need to fill his cage with too many toys.
When it comes to taking it out of the cage, because the grey-headed lovebird does not present many problems of taking confidence with the human being, although it is not as affectionate as other variants of the species. Before you take him out of the cage, you have to get him used to it. On the first day at liberty, it is advisable to close the door of the room and the windows, so that it does not escape, placing the food you like most in the cage. So he can come back to her when he’s hungry.