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I Am Listening, Carry On....Blue Masked Lovebirds - NZ by AndreaEL
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Lovebirds are active, cheerful and beautifully decorative. These petite ‘pocket’ parrots are very intriguing! Lovebirds come from the drier regions of Africa. Because they evolved from a very harsh environment, they are very suited to captivity. Not only do they have a good disposition, these charming, brilliantly colored little pets are very hardy and easy to care for. They can also provide you with a successful breeding experience.
Masked Lovebird or Blue Masked Lovebird, is a monotypic species of bird of the lovebird genus in the parrot family. They are native to northeast Tanzania, and they have been introduced to Burundi and Kenya.
The blue mutation was originally found in wild birds in the 1920s and is the oldest colour mutation known in the lovebird genus. The other mutations are a result of selective breeding in aviculture, such as two cobalts which will make a mauve (black). Various color mutations exist, including blue, cobalt, mauve, slate, dilute slate, violet, lutino (ino) and albino. The latter two are mutations where some color genes do not get passed on from the previous generation. In the case of the lutino the green color gene is not passed on. In the case of the albino, none of the color genes are passed on. The albino mutation is the last color mutation.
I have seen a number of different coloured love birds, but this is the first time I have seen these little blue masked ones, they are delightful looking little characters.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Queenspark Invercargill Southland New Zealand
FEATURED ON EXPLORE 1 JULY 2011
Featured 2nd July 2011

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

  • peaky40
    peaky40about 3 years ago

    Stunning capture Andrea

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanabout 3 years ago

    Love it! Great capture!

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated Monica

    – AndreaEL

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Such pretty colors Andrea

  • Thank you Larry

    – AndreaEL

  • joycee
    joyceeabout 3 years ago

    Great shot Andrea! They are gorgous.

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated Joyce

    – AndreaEL

  • Liza Barlow
    Liza Barlowabout 3 years ago

    Andrea, you’ve captured these guys so well. well done. I breed Lovebirds and have lots of the colour mutations mentioned in your description.

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated Liza. Sounds like you have some wonderful birds.

    – AndreaEL

  • dgrizzle
    dgrizzleabout 3 years ago

    Andrea, I saw this in You big Softy & knew it was one of yours :), they are soooo cute! Wonderful capture!

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated Darcy

    – AndreaEL

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 3 years ago

    They are so pretty – my grand daughter has one of these , she calls it Zoe

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated Shulie. I bet Zoe is a real little character.

    – AndreaEL

  • John Holding
    John Holdingabout 3 years ago

    very sweet shot Andrea.

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated John

    – AndreaEL

  • Louise Linossi Telfer
    Louise Linossi...about 3 years ago

    how adorable

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated Louise

    – AndreaEL

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