I Am Listening, Carry On....Blue Masked Lovebirds - NZ


Gore, New Zealand

Artist's Description

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 2nd July 2011


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